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Sydney Mardi Gras will have a Final Fantasy float and gaymers are screaming

Sydney Mardi Gras will have a Final Fantasy float and gaymers are screaming

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A Final Fantasy XIV online float will make its way down the Sydney Mardi Gras parade on 2 March.

This will be the first video game-themed float to take part in the march, attracting thousands in the LGBTI community every year. The theme for 2019 is Fearless.

A Final Fantasy float

Japanese video game company Square Enix has announced that it has collaborated with the Sydney Gaymers group to bring a special float to the parade.

The float will be ‘unique and exciting,’ revolving around the title Realms United.

‘It means so much to receive direct support, validation, and acknowledgment from such a force in the industry,’ Sydney Gaymers organizer Peak Distapan said in a statement.

‘Not only that, to be supported by a game where so much of our community and values are represented.’

‘The Final Fantasy XIV Online community does not discriminate and respects everyone’s freedom and their individual values equally.’

‘For many LGBTQI+ people, online communities provide a space for the journey and exploration of personal identities They allow us to connect, and celebrate, and they reinforce that we are not alone.’

Freedom

Video game producer and director for FFXIV Naoki Yoshida has weighed in on the conversation around Pride.

‘To see it makes me very happy indeed, both as the person in charge of FFXIV and also as just another player of the game,’ Yoshida said.

‘FFXIV is another world that continues to grow and expand online. In that world, people become adventurers, known as the Warriors of Light, and can continue to be free.’

There are no pictures of the float available at the moment. Gaymers will need to wait until the parade to find out what the FFXIV float looks like.

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