Final Fantasy 14 developers, Square Enix, have issued an apology to fans concerning an ongoing problem with the game’s housing lottery which is preventing players from winning. The issue is the result of a bug that is resulting in players receiving messages stating that no participants are in the lottery or that the winning number is zero, meaning no player can actually win. Players who have joined the lottery have repeatedly lost, prompting developers to investigate the exasperating issue.
The next lottery cycle was supposed to take place in just a couple of days on April 20 but due to the problem, Square Enix has withdrawn the event. All future cycles have been postponed until the issue is sufficiently resolved. There has been no word on what exactly is causing the malfunction, but the producer and director of the game Naoki Yoshida said in a message to fans:
Firstly, we understand that this is a major issue, and are prioritizing our investigation into the matter. We are working to identify the issue in the corresponding program; however, as the process is very complex and there are many patterns involved for the lottery conditions, it will require some time to pinpoint the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing to our players. We will continue to work on identifying the cause of the issue and addressing it so that the lottery system correctly determines the winner and displays the proper results.
Final Fantasy 14 was first launched in 2013 on the PS3 and was then ported to both the PS4 and PS5. It is an incredibly popular MMORPG that has continued to entertain fans with new content on a near-annual basis. The most recent expansion titled Endwalker was released in December 2021 to rave reviews, being considered one of the best pieces of game content to launch last year. It’s definitely worth checking out for any Final Fantasy or RPG fan. Fingers crossed the housing lottery is back in no time.