Square Enix details Viera at Final Fantasy Fan Fest

Brodie Fogg 3 February 2019 NEWS

Arguably the biggest request for Final Fantasy XIV has finally been answered and fans are lapin it up.

For years, Final Fantasy fans have been totally devoted to Fran; the rabbit-eared archer from Final Fantasy XII. Since the success of Final Fantasy XIV, that devotion has turned to pleas: please add Viera as a playable race.

Now those pleas have been answered and the Viera are coming to latest Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers.

When we spoke to producer/director Naoki Yoshida in the leadup to Stormblood, Yoshida told fans not to "give up hope" on Viera as a playable race and now we finally have some solid details on the bunny-eared fan favourite.

While we did get to see a short clip of the Viera's character models in motion, there wasn't any gameplay shown with the new playable race.

We do know that the race's base armour set is inspired by Fran's outfit from FFXII but other than that, the details are scarce.

The biggest question on everyone's lips at Fan Fest was "where are the male Viera?". In Final Fantasy lore, male Viera make up a very small percentage of the population so their omission has context but during a press Q&A session at Fan Fest, our friends at Stevivor asked what everyone was thinking: "where are our bunny boys at?"

Yoshida played coy and asked the audience to wait for more details from the upcoming Tokyo Live Stream. Which isn't necessarily a confirmation that male Viera will be playable but it's definitely confirmation that male Viera will be playable.

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