Last Fantasy XIV provides Hrothgar race, however they and Viera are gender locked
Earlier this yr, Last Fantasy XIV followers had been ecstatic on the reveal of Ivalice’s Viera as a playable race within the upcoming Shadowbringers enlargement. Yesterday’s Tokyo Fan Fiesta keynote confirmed off one more new race, the Hrothgar, to the nice shock of anthropomorphic animal artists all over the place. However, there is a catch that has the web up in arms over this announcement: The Viera are locked to feminine characters, and the Hrothgar are locked to male characters.
Personally, I need to be happier with the chance to play as a giant lion-unicorn dude than a man with bunny ears. That is the precise reveal I’d rejoice, however as an alternative, I can not shake this sense of disappointment. We have by no means seen a male Viera earlier than, and Last Fantasy X‘s Ronso tribe (which the Hrothgar take some inspiration from) principally present males, so the choice to separate them is not too stunning. However gender locked character creation choices is considered one of my greatest pet peeves in MMORPGs.
Given the entire purpose I favor Hrothgar is “I need extra unique and various character choices”, omitting one thing as fundamental as a gender selection for each races is a way more obvious subject. But, that is extraordinarily widespread in Jap MMORPGs. Heck, I virtually all the time see them cut up similar to this. Just about any MMO with a female-only 10% furry race has a male-only 100% furry counterpart. It is likely to be an try to cater to completely different demographics, but it surely all the time leaves a nasty style in my mouth, particularly since there was no apparent indication on the Viera’s reveal that males weren’t coming.
That is all of the extra pronounced by the truth that FFXIV‘s 2.zero patch eliminated earlier gender restrictions on the catty Miqo’te and burly Roegadyn. Contemplating how a lot XIV‘s gamers celebrated their newly out there cat boys and large girls, I am baffled Viera and Hrothgar weren’t given the identical remedy. Possibly if we’re fortunate, Sq. will react to the backlash by patching in each genders for each races shortly after launch. However I would not depend on that.
Shadowbringers is ready for launch on July 2nd for PC and PS4.