Final Fantasy XIV Will Get Marriage, But Not Gay Marriage (At Least For Now)

When Final Fantasy XIV relaunches as Final Fantasy XIV: Let's Pretend This Game Didn't Happen A Realm Reborn in the near future, the people behind it plan to add a whole bunch of new features.

One of those features, to be added in a future patch, is marriage. The traditional version, with men and women and paladins and cat-people. No same-sex marriage allowed, at least for the time being. Here's an explanation from the folks at Square Enix:

We previously released a screenshot of a sanctum in the woods.

So when the era came to an end, something happened that led to the sanctum being rediscovered. So what is this place for? Well, in creating a world, we wanted put anything in it that is close to reality. Marriage is one of those things. That's why we built the sanctum — so that characters and players can get married. The system for weddings — proper services and such — might not be available right from the beginning. It'll most likely be added in a patch. However, we've already prepared a place for it.

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. 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.

I don't see what's so controversial about allowing people to get married, but hey, if you let men marry men, what's next? Men marrying moogles? Women mating with chocobos? Tradition is very important in the world of Hydaelyn.

Letter from the Producer LIVE Part IV & Q&A Summary [Square Enix via Siliconera]


    Either let everyone get married or not at all. This isn't equality preaching, this is good business preaching. Do not piss people off for no reason sqeenix, you seriously can't afford it.

    It's more controversial to NOT have the feature in the game, in my opinion.

      Especially given the game has an entire race that only has one gender.

        They're changing that for ARR i believe, not 100% suree just remember reading it somewhere?

      I find it amusing that it has gotten this way. Best way to generate rage in the community these days is to omit homosexuality from any game that touches on relationships. I lol.

    Disappointing but not really surprising. Just like in other areas, Japan isn't exactly the most socially progressive when it comes to gay rights... they pretty much range from "we don't have them" (no, really; plenty of Japanese people think being gay is 'a foreigner thing' since gay people in Japan hide away) to being hostile towards it, despite not even having a religious excuse like the western world does. Hell, even plenty of young Japanese people I've met are adverse to gay marriage "just because", despite otherwise being open and accepting of other people.

      And they have every right to their opinion regardless of reasoning. Such is free speech. In western society when someone is against homosexuality they are met with hostility by the majority. In Japan it is the other way around.

      What annoys me is when people demand that you accept their views.

      I'm against homosexuality. My choice. And now I shall be branded "bigot" and despised by the masses. lol meh :P

        And I'm against you.

          *Bro Fist*


          That's what she said.

            Homosexuality isn't something you're allowed to be 'against'. It's exactly the same as race. It's something about other people that doesn't influence you in the slightest, and yet you believe they should have less rights than you, just because they're different. So what if two men are sleeping together? Does it somehow make you any different? Nope.

            Being against gay marriage is one thing. But being against homosexuality? That's just lowest common denominator. Let me guess, you own every single Call of Duty game too? And all the fifa games? Get a fucking education.

              I'm "allowed" to be against anything I damn well please. Freedom of speech.

              Everything is linked, and eventually affects everything however subtle.

              How about I go rob a corner shop? By your logic this won't affect you and so you have no right to be against it, as you seem to think that just because something doesn't directly affect you it doesn't affect you at all.

              If I was ok with homosexuality then by what logic would I be not ok with gay marriage? I believe in absolute rights and wrongs, and upon these I build my entire moral system. Rock solid foundation, not subject to change like the whims of society.

              Oh and now you pull out the immaturity, and then insult my "apparent" lack of education? Really?

              Why all the anger?
              I have an opinion, which I do not try to force on anyone.
              I'd say the same about you, but obviously you have a problem with me having a different opinion, and feel the need to hate on me because of it. This. This is why there is such conflict and controversy. People like you who cannot accept that others think differently.

              So to restate:
              I have the right to my opinion AND to speak up and defend it. Just like everyone else.

                You don't seem to understand free speech. Freedom of speech gives you the right to say whatever you want. However, it doesn't give you the right to not be prosecuted for what you say, and it mean there won't be repercussions for what you said freely either.

                Homophobia = Racism. In 50 years, everyone will look back at this and go 'Wtf were they thinking'.

                  Indeed, yet I need not worry about prosecution as I'm peacefully defending my opinion without either forcing it on anyone or disrespecting homosexuals. I simply do not agree with it. I love homosexuals no less than anyone who isn't a homosexual.

                  And it isn't racism. The homosexual debate regards choice, and thus is purely an ethical debate. "Homophobia" implies a fear. I know it's used as a token term but it only really applies to extremists who hate them. I'd rather not be considered among the extremists. As stated I don't think any less of homosexuals, I simply am against homosexuality.

                  It matters not what society now or in 50 years considers moral. Our choices are our own.

    We are almost 2013 and still some ppl dont see there are all kinds of people in the world. I am a gay gamer and me and my boyfriend are gonna play FFRealm Reborn, would be awesome if we could marry ingame ^^.

      Read the article.
      Square Enix addressed the homosexuality topic. They are clearly aware of your type.

        Your type? You are what's wrong with the world. Exactly the same as racism.

          By type I mean the type of person who has that specific view.
          Are you implying that there are no types on which to classify people and beliefs?
          That we're all one big happy family of the same type of people? No differences? That you are my type too?

          Chill out dude.

    " Men marrying moogles? Women mating with chocobos? "

    I wanna marry an airship plz :)

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