“I don’t think you should give up hope”
When Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released back in 2013, it introduced 5 playable races; Hyurs, Roegadryn, Elezen, Lalafell and Miqo’ te. Before the release of the first expansion, Heavansward, players hoped for the inclusion of the rabbit-eared Viera race but instead a completely new race, the Au Ra, was introduced as the new playable race in the expansion.
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We are closing in on the released of Stormblood but once again there were no mention of the addition of a new race. In a recent interview, the director and producer of FFXIV Naoki Yoshida questioned about the Viera being left out of the second expansion and this is what he has to say:
“I don’t think you should give up hope. I mean we’re hoping Final Fantasy XIV will have a very long lifespan. With that being said. Fran and the Viera race have a very high heel and trying to depict that in Final Fantasy XIV is challenging. They won’t be able to wear any shoes that exist in Eorzea right now.”
The Vieras were first introduced in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, with features prominent features of a bunny such as their trademark long ear and the shape of their feet. Hailing from deep within the wood, they are also known as “People of the Wood”. There is a sub-branch of the Viera known as the Feol Viera. In contrast, their skin are fair and they are much shorter in heigh in comparison. If Viera is implemented as a playable race in the future in FFXIV, it is possible that players will get to choose between being a Viera or a Feol Viera since as of now, every playable race allows player to choose between two tribes. For example, with Au Ra, players can choose to either be Raen or Xaela and each tribe have their own distinctive feature.
Stormblood will release on June 20th, with early access starting on June 16th. The game will no longer support PlayStation 3 so if you’re looking to upgrade from PS3 to PS4 you can do so for free via the Mogstation.