Square Enix disappointed me at this year’s E3. Their lineup looked remarkably similar to last year’s, and the highly anticipated (and eight years in development) Final Fantasy XV as well as Kingdom Hearts III were absolutely nowhere to be found. Instead we got an HD remake of a bunch of old games, a mobile rhythm title, and yet another huge push for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. But then, during a live roundtable discussion of the recently relaunched MMORPG producer Naoki Yoshida made an announcement that put quite the smile on my face.
Gay marriage is coming to the world of Eorzea.
The announcement came during a discussion of various new features in the game, when an audience member asked the producers to comment on the issue of same-sex marriage.
“Quoting from a translator here, Yoshida said that upon the arrival of the 2.4 patch, “people within Eorzea will be able to pledge their eternal love and or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding. And this will be open to people regardless of race, creed, and gender. Two players…if they want to be together, in Eorzea, they can—through this eternal bonding ceremony.”
“We discussed it,” Yoshida added, “and we realized: within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way.”
The team is also considering things like “special mounts that only people who pledged their love and friendship can ride.”
This is a very welcome surprise after the horrendous displays of censorship that took place on the game’s official beta forums last year. You may recall that whenever users made threads regarding the inclusion of same-sex marriage the moderators would delete the conversation entirely, despite the developers of FF XIV having gone on record as saying they would consider fan response about the issue. Thankfully it would seem that the developers were much more willing to actually address the issue than those game managers and forums moderators were.
So now players of all sorts can get married, ride their custom couple mounts (there’s a joke there….maybe), and live their fantasy lives together as they please.
Kudos Square Enix. I’m still bitter about Final Fantasy XV….and a lot of things you do as a company…..but this move shows that you guys are willing to listen to your fans on at least some things.
Any Final Fantasy XIV gaymers out there planning on getting hitched? If so be sure to send us the wedding pictures!