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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    • Two playable new Cleaners, Sharice and Heng, join the fight against the Ridden.
    • New co-op activity, Ridden Hives, is available for players to fight new Warped Ridden in the depths of Evansburgh.
    • Tunnels of Terror is accessible by all players in a party as long as one party member owns the expansion.

    It’s been a wild seven months since Back 4 Blood launched, and we’re so excited for today’s release of Tunnels of Terror, the game’s first downloadable content (DLC) expansion. New Cleaners, new Ridden, new unlockable skins, new cards, a new difficulty setting – this doesn’t even touch on all the features that are being rolled out, but let’s get into it a little bit, shall we?

    Are you and your team brave enough to explore the Ridden Hives? Rumor has it the more risks you take, the more rewarding such exploration becomes – if you give into the temptation to proceed, that is. Do be warned, though, by venturing into these dark and strange tunnel-like formations beneath Evansburgh, you’ll face new Warped Ridden with never before seen attacks that definitely aren’t for the weak of heart. After all, if you think the Crusher has issues with personal space, I have news to tell you about the Shredder that will give you a better understanding of why Holly hates free hugs.

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    Up for a challenge? Our newest difficulty setting, No Hope, is now available as a free update for all Back 4 Blood owners and provides that extra level of danger, requiring the very best of the best to get that blood pumping. In the event you find your deck in need of a few revisions to take on No Hope, new cards are available that may give you the additional boost needed to prevail. Heng and Sharice, our two latest additions to the heroic Cleaners, also offer up some unique perks that you may find beneficial (and slightly reminiscent of piñatas).

    A friendly reminder to all: playable content in our Tunnels of Terror expansion is accessible for all players in a party as long as one player in that party has purchased the expansion. We’ve put a lot of work into Tunnels of Terror, so trust me when I say a lot of additional blood, sweat, and tears have been put into our first expansion. We hope you love it as much as we do. Until the next one, we’ll see you in Fort Hope!

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    Available as part of the Tunnels of Terror expansion, Ridden Hives is an all-new co-op activity for teams of up to four players to explore seven different dungeons full of labyrinthine tunnels below the depths of Evansburgh that are infested with Warped Ridden. And they offer exclusive rewards, if you can outmaneuver and overcome these new enemies, including the landmine-setting Urchins, monstrous Shredders, and damage-dealing Rippers. The expansion also introduces two new playable Cleaners – Sharice, a firefighter, and Heng, a tough as nails, no-nonsense restaurateur, along with eight exclusive character skins, seven new legendary weapons, 12 new weapon skins, new cards, and more.

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    Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity's extinction on the line, it's up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.

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