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June 12
2014

E3 2014: Square Enix Brings Same-Sex Marriage to Final Fantasy XIV

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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.

Via Kotaku:

“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!

Previously:

Fan Banned For Talking About Inequality in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV GM Responds to Banning Controvers, Users Have More to Say

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About Sal Mattos

(Managing Editor and Writer) Sal lives in the beautiful city of San Francisco where he splits his time between playing games, watching copious amounts of television, and occasionally going outside. He has written for GayGamer and Gamezone. He studied creative writing and theatre at SFSU, and when not gaming can most likely be found on stage somewhere. You can keep up with him on twitter @salmattos

4 Responses

  1. avatar Ann says:

    It’s a nice thing, but that’s about it. I know, I know… “… that … might bring about change that would BENEFIT you (if you are a gay gamer)” – but I still fail to see that. I (me!) don’t see any benefit in having a gay avatar. It is a nice “to have” but how do I benefit from this, when I am holding my partners hand – for example – in russia.

    But at least we can get over one “drama”, right?

  2. avatar Nicoclaws says:

    What is wrong with FF XV ?

    • avatar Johndar says:

      I can not speak for the writer, but I would assume they are frustrated with the lack of news fora game that’s been in the making for eight years.

  3. avatar Outfoxie says:

    “love or friendship” I mean, is it just me or does it seem oddly specific to allow same-sex marriage and repeatedly force the or friendship bit every time? Sounds like someone had to pull some, well the gay stuff is just gay-marriage we’re not calling marriage sitch.

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