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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    It’s lights out and away we go in Miami! PC Game Pass has signed up with BWT Alpine F1 Team for one incredible challenge this weekend, from May 6 through 8 at the 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix — a challenge only the fastest fans will be able to accomplish. 

    All week long, BWT Alpine F1 Teams Twitter and Instagram channels will show fans what to expect with the Fast Track to PC Game Pass Challenge ahead of the inaugural 2022 Miami Grand Prix. Numerous QR codes will be placed on the surface of both A522 cars — all waiting to be scanned by your mobile device for your chance at 1-month, 3-months or 6-months of PC Game Pass.

    On Friday, May 6, the challenge begins when the A522 hits the track for practice for the very-first time in Miami, with 1-month of PC Game Pass available to win. Alongside this, Xbox and PC Game Pass will be taking over BWT Alpine F1 Team’s Instagram channel, with special guest Sonja (@omgitsfirefoxx) posting live from the team’s garage in Miami!

    Be warned: catching one of the codes is no easy feat and will be the test of a true pro! If you want to risk your chances at a bigger prize, wait until Saturday’s Qualifying session and scan the QR codes to unlock 3-months of PC Game Pass. And on Sunday, it’s 6-months of PC Game Pass!  All motorsports’ fans, whether tuning-in on TV or in-person, will need lightning-fast reflexes and a locked-in “catch it if you can” mindset while the A522 cars flash by. QR codes will unlock PC Game Pass for new members only and you can only redeem one code — so redeem wisely.

    If you are at the track, fans can try to grab a custom PC Game Pass x BWT Alpine F1 Team t-shirt with a retro design inspired by the undeniable energy and liveliness of Miami. Lastly, on Saturday, BWT Alpine F1 Team will introduce a very special surprise on their social channels which PC fans don’t want to miss. Stay up to date on the latest by following @AlpineF1Team, #GamePassHasPCGames or #PowerYourDreams across all social media platforms!

    BWT Alpine F1 Team Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said, “We’re very excited to work on this unique collaboration with our partner PC Game Pass at the first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend in Miami. The digital world is continually evolving and, as a Formula 1 team, it is vital to remain at the forefront of this forever changing landscape. It’s great that we can work in unison with the Xbox team on something like this and it’s only made possible through our esteemed partnership with Microsoft.”

    Microsoft is a long-time valued partner of the BWT Alpine F1 team. We at PC Game Pass are honored to celebrate with both Microsoft and BWT Alpine F1 Team in Miami and are thrilled to bring an exhilarating gaming experience to one of the most electrifying sports in the world today.

    For more information on BWT Alpine F1 Team, visit www.alpinecars.com/formula-1/the-team. To learn more about how to experience hundreds of high-quality games on Windows PC, including iconic Bethesda games, and new day one titles and the EA Play on PC catalog, head to www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass/pc-game-pass.

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