The end has come for Final Fantasy XIV… But with every end there’s a new beginning. In this case, the upcoming launch of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, the much anticipated relaunch of the MMO.
Following the epic closing events of 1.0, the company has released a two hour long producer video answering questions from the XIV community. Among questions related to duty finders, parties and market systems was a question as to whether characters will be able to get married and if that will include same-sex marriage as well.
According to the producers, marriage will be a part of the game in the future. However, they’re not sure about same-sex marriage.
“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,” the firm says. “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.”
It’s easy to understand why the XIV team might want to steer clear of the topic for now, with same-sex marriage being a hot-topic issue all around the world. It’s sometimes difficult for a company to take a stance on such issues. However, in a game where not all the players are even the same race — and let’s face it, the genders of the characters are pretty likely to not indicate the gender of the players — it does seem like a pretty silly thing to even debate.
The bigger question, is “What do the players think?” Would you be okay with same-sex marriage in XIV?