’Final Fantasy’ Video Game Update Allows Same-Sex Marriages
An upcoming update for the popular PlayStation and PC game, "Final Fantasy XIV," will allow players to enter into same-sex marriages after the game’s officials initially decided to exclude gay marriage, Gawker’s video game news site Kotaku reported on June 10.
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will get the patch allowing characters of the same-sex to "pledge their eternal love and/or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding," according to the game’s director and producer Naokia Yoshida, who confirmed the change during one of its live-streamed E3 developer talks.
Yoshida added the people of Eorzea, the fictional world in "Final Fantasy XIV," can get married "regardless of race, creed and gender. Two players...if they want to be together, in Eorzea, they can - through this eternal bonding ceremony.
"We discussed it," he said, "and we realized: within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way."
Kotaku also points out that the game’s team is also considering "special mounts that only people who pledged their love and friendship can ride."
As Business Insider reports, when "Final Fantasy XIV" was rebooted in 2012 as "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn," it came with a number of new features, including the ability to get married. But officials from Square Enix, the company that produces the game, released a statement about gay marriage in the game.