According to Reddit user “Emiliam”‘s fan translation and summary of a feature in the Japanese-language publication Famitsu, Square-Enix’s hit MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will finally offer personal housing in patch 2.3, to be released sometime after patch 2.28 lands in May. It “may possibly” be limited to apartments inside of Free Company estates at first, but will be expanded to allow players to purchase their own houses by the release of patch 2.35.
FFXIV has been slated to offer personal housing for some time now, according to its developers. An earlier patch allowed Free Companies (player-run groups similar to World of Warcraft guilds) to purchase their own estates in instanced “wards” shared with other FCs, but at its launch it was criticized for being incredibly expensive, and there is currently no way for an individual player to have their own home separate from a Free Company.
What is personal housing?
Personal housing means having your own in-game home that you can decorate and invite people over to, similar to the Mog House in Square-Enix’s earlier MMO offering, Final Fantasy XI.
Named for their resident Moogles, tiny winged creatures that helped players manage their storage and mailboxes, Mog Houses came in three different varieties (one for each country in Vana’diel) and let you place furniture in them. Certain kinds of furniture would give you a bonus while you were out adventuring.
Mog Houses were limited in several ways, though. First, the name was a misnomer; they weren’t really “houses” so much as small one-room apartments. Second, you could only place furniture around the edges of the room. And while some furniture had animations or sound effects, none of the furniture objects were interactive in any way.
FFXIV’s housing system
“Estates” in FFXIV’s housing wards are their own separate buildings, complete with yards and yard furniture. They have finished basements and multiple stories, and come in three sizes and multiple different designs. Furnishings can be placed pretty much anywhere inside and around them, and include active objects like lamps, as well as gear repair NPCs and utility objects like mailboxes and miniature aetherytes. At this time, however, they are only available for purchase by Free Companies, and not by individual players.
What kind of housing will players get in patch 2.3?
The apartments that players will be able to have in their Free Company’s estates “will be slightly larger in size compared to the inn rooms,” according to the fan translation. Players will be able to let other players inside of their rooms. It has “Not yet [been] determined” whether you’ll be able to go straight to your room from the estate’s front door yet, and there’s no word on what will happen to your room if you leave your Free Company.
Full-sized personal estates, which the developers say should be available by patch 2.35, “will require a lv50 character and achieving a certain rank within a Grand Company.” No word on whether these estates will have the same sizes and designs as the ones currently available to Free Companies.