On April 22nd, 2022, Naoki Yoshida, the producer, and director of a game few have heard about (Final Fantasy XIV) issued a less-than-transparent statement about the housing lottery system issue.
“Once again, please allow me to apologize for the disruption caused by the problems with the housing lottery system introduced in patch 6.1.”
Unfortunately for Naoki Yoshida, a developer known more for falling asleep with cans of Red Bull than his online service for erotic role players, it is too little, too late.
Millions of disgruntled Twitter users have expressed their outrage over this blatant and intentional mistake and have expressed their desire to play the hit MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to prepare for the upcoming Dragonfight expansion.
What Is the Dragonfight Expansion?
The dragons of Azeroth have returned, and this time: It is serious.
Blizzard Entertainment, a developer and publisher with a great reputation for listening to its player base, has decided to bring dragons into World of Warcraft for the very first time.
After the last hit expansion, Shadowlands, Blizzard decided to take everything that was right with Shadowlands (and that was everything) and make a completely new expansion called “Dragonfight” where dragons will fight to become the number one dragon.
Has Naoki Yoshida’s Very Intentional Blunder Cost Him What Little Player base He Had?
Social media has been abuzz about the housing blunder. There were no dividing lines in the outrage. There is no one defending Yoshi-P for his very intentional act. Everyone is angry, and rightfully so.
Not only did millions of players not get a house due to a housing issue, but now they are suspending plot purchases and relocations. Yes, that means players who are paying a hefty monthly subscription will not get the content for which they are paying. Final Fantasy XIV players, who all struggle to pay a monthly subscription but who can also afford three fantasias a week, will have to log in knowing they were mildly inconvenienced.
Fortunately, the smarter players will know to move to World of Warcraft: Dragonfight, where they can get their money’s worth watching dragons fight in a game where the developers actually listen to the player base.