Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Final Fantasy 14 Housing Lottery Is Finally Fixed

Final Fantasy XIV’s housing lottery is finally fixed after one month of being broken.  On April 16, an FFXIV maintenance update indicated that the latest lottery cycle for housing in-game was broken, so when checking the placard where winners were to be shown, the placard said there were no winners. This meant nobody could obtain a house. Polygon reports the issue has been fixed as of yesterday, and now, winning lottery numbers will be displayed correctly, and land purchases may be finalized accordingly.  “As I mentioned in our previous update, we will be conducting maintenance to restore lottery results data on Monday, May 16,” FFXIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida writes in a new update. “This maintenance will fix identified errors and properly relay lottery results for affected plots to the appropriate servers.” As a result of this maintenance fix:  Winning lottery numbers will be displayed correctly, and land purchases may be finalized accordingly. Temporary suspensions imposed on plot purchases and relocations will be lifted.  Yoshida says that if you have a winning lottery number, you should finalize your land purchase by Thursday, May 26, as the next lottery cycle will begin that day, at which point, you will lose the ability to claim land you won during the current lottery. The next one will start on May 26 and have a typical five-day entry period and a four-day results period.  If you’re a winning participant who has already received a gil refund due to the recent lottery break, you will still be able to finalize a purchase on a won plot of land. Even if you received a refund and have since found out you won the lottery, you’ll still be treated as a winning lottery player.  “In Patch 6.2, we plan to implement an NPC by which you may voluntarily return the deposit you were accidentally refunded,” Yoshida writes. “As these housing lottery issues have been significant and caused great stress and frustration in many players, we have no intention of performing a data rollback to forcibly rescind any refunded gil. We will make an announcement regarding the voluntary return of housing deposits once the NPC in question is ready to be implemented.  “In closing, I would like to thank you all once again for your patience and understanding this past month, and extend my deepest apologies for the trouble and inconvenience these issues have caused. We will do everything in our power to safely restore your data, fix any remaining issues, and bring you all a fair and functional housing lottery system. Thank you for your continued support.”  For more FFXIV, read our exclusive interview feature with Yoshi-P, and then read Game Informer’s Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker review. Read Game Informer’s ranking of every mainline Final Fantasy game after that.  [Source: Polygon] Are you a Final Fantasy XIV housing lottery winner? Let us know in the comments below!

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    First up: Paramo. Paramo is the new 3×3 map that brings a dynamic new experience to the Battlegorounds. The studio tells Game Informer, “Paramo includes a dynamic world system that changes major landmarks between matches, making every trip a unique experience where survivors must adapt their tactics. Several streams of molten lava will also flow across the map from a nearby volcano, giving survivors a unique obstacle as they traverse the battleground. Stepping or riding a vehicle through the lava can lead to a quick death.”

    This new map is no joy ride, it’s rife with danger at every corner; and we’re not just talking about that blue circle of death. Not only will people outside of the blue zone take more damage than other maps, there can also be insta-deaths now for those outside of the play zone. Hope you trust your squad, because the way to survive those added dangers is to have a teammate use the Critical Response Kit to rez in under one second. 

    Paramo is a mountainous terrain, and is found in a super remote location. Because of this, survivors will drop in where they please via helicopter. Once players are boots on ground, these helicopters will continue to loop the map with cargo. And that’s the good news. The bad news is that the cargo drops will almost always be out of the play zone. Sure, you can shoot down the helo to drop the cargo somewhere safer, but that will also leave you wide open to enemy players. 

    But it’s not just the new Paramo map dropping in on PUBG season 9. A new Ranked season is upon us with Ranked Solo queues for players to take on for a more competitive and cutthroat experience.

    A new Survivor Pass is also available with season 9 called Highlands. Highlands offers specific rewards based off of the new map; Paramo. This new pass will be available for two months after launch, which means the team made sure it was easier to complete with the only requirement is that players must be at least level 50. 

    So when can you get in on the PUBG season 9 action? The new season arrives on October 21 for PC on Steam, with an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Stadia launch set for October 29. 

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