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'Final Fantasy XIV' to add same-sex marriage and two new classes

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Square Enix has been giving fans a lot of new information during this week's E3, including news regarding updates for their recently released MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. During a live stream held on Tuesday, June 10th, Naoki Yoshida, the game's director and producer, stated that player avatars will soon be able to pledge their love and friendship to one another, regardless of race or gender. These marriage options are being worked on for an upcoming patch, which should launch later this year.

The issue of same-sex marriage has been a hot topic among gamers recently, with Nintendo deciding not to include the option within Tomodachi Life, their recently launched life simulator for the 3DS. Fans of Square's popular MMO may be surprised at the inclusive nature of these “bonding ceremonies,” given the company's past statements regarding the controversy that same-sex marriage would inevitably bring. Past remarks aside, Yoshida, who was speaking through an interpreter, didn't shy away from confirming that anyone will be able to pledge their love for one another when patch 2.4 is finally released.

We are currently working on this type of system, hopefully to release in patch 2.4. We have a lot of stuff planned, but the gist of it is players, two players within Eorzea, will be able to pledge their eternal love and/or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding, and this will be open to people regardless of race, creed or gender...We discussed it and we realized that within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other?

Yoshida also discussed the possibilities of special perks for those who have “bonded” with one another within the game. The example he cited was for special mounts that would allow players to ride together, which sounds like an incredibly adorable addition to the game. We don't currently have a release date for this patch, or any information regarding the other possible perks that may come with pledging one's friendship or love, but are glad to see Square Enix make these ceremonies inclusive for every player who is currently enjoying Final Fantasy XIV.

Marriage aside, players will also be able to play as Rogues and Ninjas after the upcoming patch. Rogues will be able to dual-wield weapons, and take less damage from falling, while Ninjas harness the power of ninjistu and can deal poison damage. Those hoping for new tank and healer classes will have to wait until the new expansion is released, which we will hear more about this October. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is now available for the PC, PS3 and PlayStation 4.

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