While Nintendo is dragging its feet to the gay altar, Final Fantasy XIV is tossing the bouquet to its queer fanbase by allowing same-sex marriage. The game’s director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed the change during a live-streamed E3 developer talk.
According to Kotaku, Yoshida said that people of FFXIV’s fictional world, 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.”
Developers had previously announced they would include the option to marry in a relaunched version of the game, but had decided to exclude same-sex marriage, explaining the omission thusly:
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.
Fans were none too pleased, however, and as a result an upcoming patch will allow Eorzeans to marry the life partner of their choosing. I wonder if the next patch will provide for same-sex divorce?