When Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker seems, individuals may have two new races to select from. Both the male Viera and feminine Hrothgar will present up, although they are going to seem one after the other in FFXIV. In an official PlayStation Blog interview with Son, Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida defined that the male Viera can be in at launch as a result of the graphics workers used “what free time they had in between their normal work on the patches” to convey them into the sport. He additionally confirmed the feminine Hrothgar will seem after.
Here’s Yoshida’s actual quote about how the crew ended up having the ability to add male Viera to FFXIV. He additionally went over what the staggered tactic will imply for Endwalker.
However, there was a major quantity of individuals world wide asking for male Viera and feminine Hrothgar—which was anticipated in fact—however I used to be going to observe by way of with my stance of not including any extra playable races. At the identical time, our graphics workers on the event crew needed to discover all choices to see what they may do to determine a option to someway understand this request from the gamers.
They spent over half a 12 months utilizing what free time that they had in between their regular work on the patches to contemplate methods so as to add one other playable race. From this they concluded that we may most likely squeeze in only one extra at the moment. Of course, by including male Viera now, we anticipated individuals could also be vocal concerning the absence of feminine Hrothgar and need to know what the state of affairs was. Rather than ready till (hypothetically) 7.zero so as to add two playable races on the similar time, we realized we may truly ease the affect on our assets if we applied these one after the other. Ultimately, I made a decision we should always then transfer ahead with implementing one playable race at a time, and I’ll ensure to elucidate that to our gamers: that’s what we did for this upcoming enlargement.
We have a need to let our gamers take pleasure in our sport much more on the very core. The growth crew loves our gamers, so when male Viera are literally applied, we might love so that you can have a smile on your faces while you play as one, and in case you may say a fast “Thank you!” to the Graphics crew, I’m positive they’ll be very glad. If you are able to do that, I feel it could additionally function motivation for our builders to proceed working exhausting.
Yoshida additionally defined why including a brand new race is such an endeavor in FFXIV. He used the implementation of the feminine Viera to supply examples of what wanted to be completed.
Adding a playable race doesn’t finish with simply the preliminary assets wanted to create the race (i.e. character modeling; preparations for variations in facial options, hairstyles and head shapes; animations which can be distinctive to every race, and so forth.). Even following preliminary implementation, the duties required with every patch replace will multiply. For instance, after we applied the Viera, as a result of their ears are very lengthy, we would have liked so as to add a brand new evaluate circulation to test how Viera characters would seem on display in all cutscenes. Of course, gear you’ll be able to acquire as you play by way of the sport will even must be fitted to match the physique shapes of the Viera and Hrothgar, and every time we add emote animations, there’ll all the time be two extra units to contemplate in comparison with what we needed to do up till this level. This is one thing that we as a growth crew have to put effort into, but when these duties multiply an excessive amount of, it may trigger vital harm to the interval between main updates.
Final Fantasy XIV is offered for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Its Endwalker enlargement will seem on November 23, 2021.