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E3 2014: Final Fantasy XIV Adds Same-Sex Marriage

Good news for Final Fantasy fans, as the director of Final Fantasy XIV has announced that an upcoming update to the game will extend marriage to same-sex characters within the game.

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June 12, 2014 :: 10:44 AM

Good news for Final Fantasy fans, as the director of Final Fantasy XIV has announced at the gaming convention E3 that an upcoming update to the game will extend marriage to same-sex characters within the game.

Speaking via a translator, the game’s director, Naoki Yoshida, said that “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… 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 game’s developer and publisher, Square Enix, first discussed same-sex marriage in the massively multiplayer online game back in 2012, when Yoshida said, “As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years. As you know, each country has a different way of thinking. So first we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision.I can’t say whether or not it will be possible at this point in time. I’d like to keep dialog open with our players as we deliberate the matter.”

Square Enix’s inclusion of same-sex marriage options comes in the wake of Nintendo’s failure to include the same options in its 3DS life simulator Tomodachi Life. That led to widespread criticism and pledge from Nintendo to try and include same-sex relationships in any sequels to the game. Unlike Nintendo’s title, Final Fantasy XIV is an online game designed to receive major updates, which is why Square Enix have been able to add the feature in now.

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