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Same-sex marriage comes to Final Fantasy XIV with new software patch

The 14th installment of the popular Japanese Final Fantasy series of video games will finally allow players to marry characters of the same-sex with an upcoming software patch
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Same-sex marriage will finally come to the fictional world of Eorzea after Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced a new software patch for the game at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The new software patch will update the game, which received negative reviews when it was first released in September of 2010, and its developers have relaunched it several times since then to improve gameplay.

One aspect of the massive multiplayer online role-playing game which received criticism from fans of the series was the lack of the ability for players to enter into same-sex relationships with other characters and the 2.4 software patch for the game will resolve that.

‘We discussed it,’ Yoshida said at E3, ‘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.’

‘People 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, and gender. Two players ... if they want to be together, in Eorzea, they can—through this eternal bonding ceremony.’

The game’s developers are also considering an option where characters who have pledged their eternal love or friendship can share mounts which only they can ride.

The new patch also adds a new ‘Rogue’ character class which can then progress to Ninja character class which adds magical abilities on top of stealth abilities.

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