Land plots and housing prices are being reduced in Final Fantasy XIV to prevent rich players from buying up all available properties.
Square Enix has announced that it will be lowering the price of housing in its MMORPG Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborm. This move is being made to try and rectify an unexpected and dramatic growth in the wealth of a few players that it fears may prohibit less wealthy characters from owning in-game real estate.
"In each legacy world, there are more than 10 players in possession of over one hundred million gil," commented producer Naoki Yoshida. "Even in non-legacy worlds, there are a significant number of players with several million gil." The company's fear is that these affluent players could "buy up all available plots of land," leaving nothing for characters with less Gil.
In turn, the developer has revealed that it will begin a gradual lowering of costs in January, with a price reduction occurring every two weeks. Its goal is to have housing devalued down to a final lower price after a period of three months. The final land prices will match those currently established in the game's World Group 3. "In the event that pricing changes are made to this group, the same will be applied to legacy Worlds." For more information regarding the planned price drops, check out the announcement in the Final Fantasy XIV forums.
Source: Final Fantasy XIV