Even mainstream sites are starting to notice Final Fantasy XIV’s housing problems

Did you know that Final Fantasy XIV has a housing system that’s particularly restrictive and makes it unnecessarily difficult to own a house? Probably, seeing as how we’ve been talking about it here on MOP for years. This is not new information. But with the new server transfers in place and people noting that two players have taken up an entire district of the game’s limited housing on the basis of “we really like decorating and we need thirty houses of varying sizes to do that,” even mainstream sites are noticing that maybe this system is not a great one.

Of course, if you already know that the game’s housing system is unnecessarily difficult to work with and makes it difficult for players to get any housing plot, there’s little to be said here that you won’t already be intimately familiar with. It’s been a refrain for quite some time. And if you haven’t already seen that elsewhere… well, welcome to here.

Source: Gamasutra
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styopa

The idea that some AAA computer games – where there is no functional limit to the amount of territory that can be available, and where the instancing paradigm is well-established – can’t seem to figure out how to allow people to have spaces of their own to occupy is really astonishing.

Rift and Wildstar seem to have fundamentally “gotten it”, tying the living space to the individual toon.

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Mr Poolaty

Um YoshiP said that 14 is a have you can play for awhile leave and then come back to. Well you have to be subbed every other month and sign in or you lose your house… That is dumb as Fuck!!

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mcsleaz

It has one of the worst, if not THE WORST housing setup I have ever experienced in an MMO.

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Michael18

What’s so bizarre about this situation is that the game and esp. housing seems highly instanced anyway, so there seems to be no reason for creating this shortage, aside from a deliberately generated exclusivity.

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kgptzac

All being said, gamasutra isn’t a mainstream site. It’s an academic gaming site, which has even narrower audience than massively imo.

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mcsleaz

Everyone I know knows of the site, I’d say it’s totally mainstream.

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April-Rain

I was actually looked into buying gold so I could buy an house in game as my playtime is limited and just have no chance of doing it through the game, but even that was too much and beyond my means.

I just accepted I would never own a house in ffxiv, but I have not played in sometime now and its unlikely I will go back, I always enjoy it for the first week back and usually not playing it and unsubbing by the 3rd week, it just cant keep its hooks in me.

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Mewmew

One of the problems is that people who had actually been playing on the lesser populated server slowly building up to get their homes suddenly were invaded by rich overly dedicated players with the server transfer system who bought up all these homes from under their noses. They were never there to worry about, the homes were always open and available, and suddenly these two people who live in game come and claim a huge swath of homes they don’t need.

And then you come down to this – yes they’re being rude and selfish for sure, but they’re just following the rules and systems set out by the game, so who’s fault is it really? We know that people don’t control themselves. While they’re basically like the high level gankers who come and kill low level people and think it’s totally fine because it’s within the game rules – while those people are selfish jerks they have a point too, it really is within the game rules. At least with ganker other high level people can get together and make patrols to fight them, with these two rudely buying up all those homes and hanging on to them there really is no recourse to fight back.

Being that it’s something Squeenix created, it’s up to them to fix it. It never should have came down to this to begin with, though it can still be fixed now. I get that they are working to make more homes now to appease people but if so much trouble can be caused by just two lifers doing this, is making a few more homes going to really solve the issue? I guess we’ll see, but I think this just delays it happening again and more.

They’re oblivious about what they’ve done even. One comment one of them said:

““Not everyone needs everything in-game,” she told d’Anastasio in an interview. “For example, not everyone deserves the Savage raiding mounts if they don’t do Alexander.””

This is nothing at all like that. She’s talking about content anybody can do to get a reward and comparing it to something that’s limited. I’m sure that if these mounts were limited, her and her friend would have taken up all they could and screwed everybody else too, they have no social graces and only care for themselves so if the game lets them do it they will. But it’s not at all the same thing, being that anybody doing that content can get the mounts in the future, but the houses are taken up now and so even when people do build up to have as much money in game as she does they can’t get them because they bought up so many across their alts.

Again it’s all a system that Square Enix made possible. There will always be people who won’t limit themselves or care how what they do affects others. You can’t just make an open system and think everybody will share, you have to put limits on it or make it fair somehow within the program itself.

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Cindy M

Hrrrmmm While I agree there’s a problem, that opinion piece is on the dramatic side. You can get a house still you just have to watch for one and have the gil ready. This is only possible due to housing that expires however, which is the only saving grace at this point. I’m not sure why instanced housing is still not a thing but it really needs to be, in addition to our existing neighborhoods.
I’ve always wanted a mog style home inside the city walls, a lot of people want to see this and yet…..

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Serrenity

I love housing in games, and I hate it in FFXIV. Mostly because it’s completely unrealistic for me to be able to afford a house and upkeep it then on top of that, the decoration system is just about the most limited of any game.

The housing system I’m most invested in is probably still EQ2. It’s instanced, but just playing the game I got believable things to populate it with that made it feel distinctly mine. Completing Lore and Legends, certain quests, being able to put crafting stations and vendors and all this other cool stuff in them. They just always felt the best to me.

I think Wildstar would be up there for me too if I could get into the rest of the game. I’ve barely scratched the surface of TESO, but seems promising … maybe?

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Danny Smith

Honestly i think i would care more if they served a purpose. Housing areas are dead, the scant tools added in to try and turn your home into an item shop or cafe or something are obscenely expensive and never ever used when the market board exists.

Right now lack of housing is a lack of expensive item racks since they are good for bugger all else.

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Loyheta

FFXIV has always been really bad with this. Instead of being inclusive they opted to make it exorbitant, limited, and just… limiting. Great game with an extremely disappointing mindset.