I really enjoyed my brief time playing Final Fantasy XIV – it’s one of those games I really need the time to get back into. However, it’s already getting its first major patch, one that will let you get land and a home.
Okay, let’s be clear, as an individual, you will not be able to get a house. However, as a free company, you can. There are plans to allow for individual housing in future patches, but at this point it is purely for free companies. In the official patch announcement, Square Enix explains:
In order to acquire a house, players must first raise the rank of their free company and obtain a Land Acquisition entitlement.
Residential districts are being established in Limsa Lominsa, Gridania and Ul’dah. However acquiring a house is a multi-phase experience. Land must be purchased by auction, followed by a house permit that can be purchased from a vendor NPC. The house can then be built, and fully customized with unique exteriors, outdoor furnishings and interior decoration. It’s sort of like the Sims, I suppose, as you can place all kinds of lamps, plants, wall mountings and other decorative items to suit your company’s aesthetic.
In essence, the goal of this patch is to give free companies a base of operations to call their home. Future planned additions to the housing system are:
- A crafting workshop where players can build vehicles such as airships.
- An orchestrion to change the music played inside houses.
- A chocobo stable to raise chocobos.
- Mannequins that can be dressed with player gear.
- A bulletin board that can be place inside the house.
Okay, I must be out of touch with MMORPGs. I really like the planned chocobo stables, that sounds cool. I’m not sure that houses need a change of music, though, or mannequins wearing my gear. That just seems a bit strange, and useless. But hey, I suppose it takes all types to play these games, and to keep everyone satisfied you’re going to need some varied (and weird) features.
Are you still playing FFXIV? Are you excited to get a house to call your own, or are you too busy wandering off, exploring Eorzea?
Last Updated: November 26, 2013