Final Fantasy XIV’s Yoshida says not to give up hope for Viera

Brodie Fogg 2 June 2017

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During our hands-on with Stormblood, we grilled Naoki Yoshida on the exclusion of the bunny-eared Viera.

The rabbit-eared Viera race is a bit of contentious issue when it comes to Final Fantasy XIV. On one side of the fence, you've got the diehard fans who've been begging to have them added as a playable race since they first met in Ivalice and on the other, you have everyone else who's frankly sick of hearing about it. Fortunately or unfortunately for you, I'm one of the former.

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Square Enix sent finder to Hamburg for a one-day event that included a hands-on session with Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood and a lengthy chat with the series director, Naoki Yoshida.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood arrives on 20 June 2017 for PC and PlayStation 4.

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Recently, I was lucky enough to hop on over to Hamburg for a day with Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood and a lengthy chat with game director and producer Naoki Yoshida (Yoshi-P). Once we got talking, I eventually grilled Yoshida on the Viera's second consecutive exclusion from the Final Fantasy XIV universe.

Yoshida's answer honestly surprised me as he offered up a glimmer of hope then honed in on the issue at hand: the shoes.

Not to bug you, Yoshida. But I'm a big fan of FFXII's Fran. The Viera race was considered for Heavensward but never included and Stormblood marks the second time they've been left out. Should I give up hope?

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.

Our full interview with Yoshida will be up next week.

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