Final Fantasy 14 manages to stay related through the years, in-part as a consequence of frequent updates and expansions by Square Enix together with new races that turn out to be accessible. With the Shadowbringers growth, Final Fantasy 14 noticed the addition of two new races within the type of the cat-like Hrothgar and bunny-like Viera. According to Naoki Yoshida, these would be the final races added to the sport as a consequence of how demanding the method may be. However, the Hrothgar and the Viera have limitations as a consequence of them being gender-exclusive races, with the previous solely coming in a male variant and the latter in a feminine variant.
Many gamers have been asking for feminine Hrothgar and male Viera for a very long time now, and Final Fantasy 14 builders took the time to convey these variants to life with the subsequent large growth, Endwalker, launching this November. Still, this isn’t one thing new for Square Enix, as Final Fantasy 14 had the identical challenge on launch with the Roegadyn and Miqo’te respectively missing a feminine and male counterpart. As such, regardless of all of the choices that the character creator and the character customization course of within the sport have, there are nonetheless lingering points that primarily should do with inclusivity and gender.
Sexual Dimorphism in Final Fantasy 14
Final Fantasy 14 makes use of an idea referred to as sexual dimorphism, which suggests sexes of a selected species find yourself exhibiting very totally different traits. This occurs in nature with many species, however in Final Fantasy 14 the sexual dimorphism for the Au Ra race is a bit over-the-top within the sense that male specimens are extraordinarily tall and have distinctive cranial projections, whereas females are tiny and extra human-like. This can also be partly true for the Roegadyn females, and the phenomenon may end up in a much less inclusive expertise for gamers who wish to undertake totally different physique varieties for his or her characters, even whether it is defined within the sport’s lore.
An instance may be seen in The Last of Us Part 2, the place Abby is visibly buff, whereas Ellie is smaller and extra agile. The instance is beneficial to grasp the context as a result of it reveals how totally different two characters of the identical gender can look. This ties to Final Fantasy 14‘s sexual dimorphism, as a result of whereas gamers can customise a feminine Au Ra to be buffer, the sport principally makes the selection for them that there may solely be a lot enchancment versus males, who may be even taller than the Roegadyn and really muscular as effectively. Abby’s look reveals that it ought to be attainable for Final Fantasy 14 to cut back the influence of sexual dimorphism for the sake of higher illustration.
Character Customization and Inclusivity in Final Fantasy 14
One of the principle promoting factors of the character creator in Final Fantasy 14 is that it permits gamers to customise plenty of large and tiny particulars so characters may be their greatest selves. Still, the truth that the character creator comes with top and physique dimension choices poses the query why Square Enix did not enable gamers to pick out a most popular physique sort quite than a personality’s gender. This would remedy many points, reminiscent of having to distinguish characters between female and male variants, and it could make the sport extra inclusive as a result of it could decrease a standard, binary view of gender.
This is one thing the sport isn’t any stranger to because of all of the inclusive choices coming with costumes and the transmogrification course of, which permits gamers to make their very own outfits and customise characters in a singular method. As such, it could make sense if the character creator did the identical factor on a deeper stage.
Despite these points, Final Fantasy 14‘s character creator does a superb job at giving gamers sufficient freedom to customise their characters in a myriad of the way, together with particulars like heterochromia and hair coloration highlights. Because of this, and due to how deep gamers can delve into the outfit customization course of, Final Fantasy 14 stays probably the greatest video games to play for RPG lovers and those that prefer to immerse themselves right into a fantastical story.
Final Fantasy 14 is out there now on PC, PS4, and PS5.