By Ishaan . October 22, 2013 . 9:30am
Square Enix recently held a new live “Letter from the Producer” video Q&A for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The hot topic of the day was the game’s housing system, with the game’s developers answering all manner of questions related to setting up your own house within the game and just what kind of customization the feature will allow for.
There will be two types of houses in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn—Free Company houses and individual houses. The former will be available to everyone within the Free Company (guild) to use, while the latter—which will be added later—will naturally be for individual use. Below are a few of the housing related questions from the Q&A that you might find interesting, even if you haven’t played the game.
Q: What are the requirements you need to fulfill to have a house?
A: You will have to increase the rank of your free company.
Q: Can you change the BGM inside of your house?
A: While it won’t be ready for patch 2.1, we will be making it possible to place a jukebox in your house as a furnishing that will allow you to play music in your house.
Q: Will we be able to change the wallpaper and flooring design?
A: Yes, you will be able to change the wallpaper and the flooring design.
Q: Will we be able to store items within the furniture?
A: While we currently do not have any plans to do so, we will look into it once we have confirmed the stability of the housing system (mainly the amount of memory it will consume). If it does happen, it will be some time after the 2.1 patch.
Q: Will we be able to place furniture outside of the house?
A: Furniture will be separated into 2 types. Those that can only be placed within a house and those that can only be placed outside of a house.
Q: About how much furniture will we have access to when the housing system is implemented?
A: In patch 2.1, there will be about 40 exterior furniture and 180 interior furniture to choose from (and that’s not including the parts of the housing exterior!).
Q: Will you be able to stack furniture or place objects on top of furniture?
A: Yes, you will be able to do this.
Q: Will you be able to have individual rooms in your free company house?
A: We plan on having this after patch 2.2.
Q: Will we be able to place bulletin boards and signs in front of our houses?
A: We do have plans to implement a feature in patch 2.2 wherein players will be able to leave a comment on a bulletin board.
Q: Will you add any feature to prevent FC members from taking the furniture?
A: Yes. You will be able to set permissions of who can and cannot move/take the furniture within a house.
Q: Can you move or reconstruct your house?
A: We are planning to have this after patch 2.2.
Q: Will we be able to have a indoor garden within our houses?
A: We do have plans to implement a feature in patch 2.2 wherein players will be able to place a field within the garden area. Players will be able to grow items obtained through gathering and obtain rare items that can only be obtained through the gardening feature.
Q: Can you make an area in your housing area to practice battle skills and calculate damage?
A: There are already a bunch of wooden dummies around Eorzea, and we are planning to make it possible to place them in your house.
Q: Will we be able to see the sunlight come through the windows and also be able to view the scenery from within a house?
A: While you will be able to adjust how much sunlight will come through the windows, you will not be able to view the scenery while you are within a house.
Q: Are you looking into mini-games or other elements where free company members can gather and play?
A: While we don’t have any specific plans at the moment, we’d like to start thinking about things like this that we can do.
Q: When will the chocobo farm be added?
A: The current plan is to implement some time after patch 2.3.
And those are just some of the things you’ll be able to do with houses in the game. It looks like Final Fantasy XIV adventurers have a lot to look forward to in the months to come.