Excitements the name, and FFXIV is the game! Square Enix streamed their 2014 E3 Press Conference and had some exciting news to share for their Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fans. First was the new trailer for their upcoming patch 2.3 that focuses on the terrifying threat of the Primals that are summoned forth by the beast tribes that inhabit Eorzea. Though the most interesting reveals from the FFXIV: A Realm Reborn live stream included a new class and job, and announcement on marriage, including same sex unions.
New Class & Job Revealed
First, let’s cover the new class and job. Preparing to be released in patch 2.4, which is before the MMO’s first expansion, Producer Naoki Yoshida, showed off the new class and job in a video you can check out below. This is patch introduces another DPS class, but what makes this class unique is the first stealth class to be introduced in the popular MMO. The new class has been described as being faster on the field, and more resistant to falling damage, while being focused mostly on dexterity, and rightly so. Dexterity is the primary damage dealing stat in the game for ranged classes, and higher dexterity means higher attack power. Dexterity also increases the rate of your block and parry abilities.
A Rogue will be able to affix poisons to his or her blades that allow them to apply various effects to their enemies. Another new introduction with this new class to the MMO is dual wielding. The stealth mechanic allows them the ability to choose their battle unlike any other class. The Ninja job takes this a bit further, allowing for combinations of hand gestures to create Ninjutsu moves. Players choose these combinations, and the game decides whether these combinations will be successful or whether they will fail.
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The other big news is the Marriage system being introduced in Patch 2.4 as well. This is one of the more progressive ideas in the game, and according to Yoshida “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.” More importantly he states “We discussed it, 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 union seems to be up for interpretation, in that it doesn’t necessarily seem to be completely romantically inclined. Best friends can join in this union if they so desire. It’s the epitome of inclusion, for friends and lovers alike. Yoshida even expresses possibly having special mounts and Chocobo’s useable only by those bonded by this special union. This is an amazing step in the right direction, so let’s hope other developers are able to wrap their heads around this notion of equality in video games. Even Nintendo has announced their intentions to become more inclusive as a development company.