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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Marriage System On Its Way | No Same-Sex Marriage?

UPDATE: Same-Sex Marriage Confirmed for Final Fantasy XIV

Last night, another Final Fantasy XIV Producer Letter was broadcasted live. During the event, Famitsu got a chance to interview the producer Naoki Yoshida and the assistant director Hiroshi Takai. As they talked about the upcoming updates, Famitsu asked about the promised marriage system, which was teased for the game back in 2012.

The marriage system has been a very hot topic among the developers, said Hiroshi Takai. Weddings will be taking place at the “Sanctum of the Twelwe”, cathedral near Gridania. Currently the team is finalizing the system, and bride outfits and such are still in the works, added Yoshida. He also promised players will be soon able to marry their loved ones in-game, but the service won’t be available in the Patch 2.3, but perhaps soon after it.

The divorce system was also discussed: according to Yoshida, the player has 24 hours to cancel his/her decision. It will be as simple as deleting the ring.

Sanctum of the Twelve

Sanctum of the Twelve

There wasn’t any talk about same-sex marriage or possible limits of the system during the interview. However, in an earlier producer live letter it was stated that the same-sex marriage would be “extremely controversial topic”. We have to note that those comments were from 2012. After it, the same-sex marriage has been legalized in some states of US, France and UK. According to the official statement, it’s up to players and their feedback will there be changes to the system.

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.  -A statement from 2012, Source.

What do you think about this? Should there be a possibility for everyone to get married in the game? Yes or no? Why not? Why yes?

8 replies »

  1. Honestly, in terms if they should allow it I see no reason why not. Regardless if they do or do not, it’ll have a domino effect of players leaving or players not caring. Also to note, a lot of people do not play as their own gender, so they would feel limited in the fact they may not be able to marry their own partner without using a fantasia would annoy some. Then there are those, like myself, who are gay and would like to be able to marry as they actually would.

    I’ve played many games that did the marriage with no care if there was backlash or not. This includes Fiesta Online, and while it’s not a big game they didn’t care to do it and it wasn’t a big deal that they did. It just matters how Square wants to be viewed.

    And my last big point, it is a -game-. If someone is going to care about their moral values in a game, they shouldn’t play it in the first place. The biggest opposition in same sex marriage is Christianity. The ideas of a fantasy MMORPG doesn’t match with a bible anyway. And it’s a game, religion shouldn’t make it’s way into the game because it is its own universe with it’s own religions. We do not need RL religion mixing into the game’s decisions.

  2. Controversial indeed, I don’t think they should add the feature in the game. I say this because it’s a game, just let us play a game without us having to see something we don’t agree with. Sure I like to play as the opposite sex (because I like looking at guys then girls XD) but I know I won’t be getting married in the game. Just let us play without having to see something controversial, let us enjoy the world that were going to be running through (marriage isn’t even the reason why we play so they should leave out the same sex marriage, we can play the game without it). Yes this is just my opinion and I know I’ll probably get a lot of hate but oh well, I’m not going to change my mind. ^-^

    • ” I say this because it’s a game, just let us play a game without us having to see something we don’t agree with.”

      So, i cant´t marry because you “don´t want to see it”? If you don´t warry, don´t do it, but let other enjoy what they like, and i want to enjoy in a game al least.

      • I didn’t say you couldn’t marry, I just said it’s something I rather not see. If they let it in the game, then they let in the game. If it becomes such a deal in the game that the same sex marriage people began to shove this topic in my face, then I just won’t play. Once again it’s just my opinion, have a good day.^-^

  3. Why would you limit something on character gender when a lot of people play a character of the opposite gender. And I really don’t think its so controversial; all they are getting at is they don’t want to be seen as a company openly taking a side in marriage equality. Which is fine but i’d rather not see it screw over the players in the end.

  4. It’s just a game! Let everyone enjoy it and have some fun… This is just another feature for the game after all, I don’t see any reasons to limit it. It’s not like the game world is connected to ours, so leave all religious, traditional and political thoughts out from it. It’s just entertainment and I don’t see limiting it’s features for certain groups logical.

    Not sure why are we still having this discussion in 2014…

  5. I think same-sex marriage should be allowed. It gives more of a welcome feeling to all sexual orientations that play the game.

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