The company behind Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix, has announced that the online game would make its first appearance in the biggest Australian Pride celebration, The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, as part of a collaboration with the Sydney Gaymers group for LGBT+ videogame fans.
Being one of the few video games and MMOs which permits same-sex weddings, has one of the most thriving LGBT+ communities worldwide, and this community has already hosted an in-game Pride event, back in 2014 in celebration of the possibility of same-sex weddings.
“This collaboration could never have been realised without the efforts of our community” said Naoki Yoshida, director of FF XIV “When FFXIV took part in PAX Australia, it was the FFXIV players in Australia who offered us the greatest welcome and utmost support.
“This led on to our community and Sydney Gaymers working together to make the collaboration a reality.”
The Final Fantasy XIV Online community doesn’t discriminate and respects everyone’s freedom and their individual values and ideals with equality and balance.
Entitled Realms United, the Final Fantasy float will be present on the 41st annual Sydney Mardi Grass Parade set to happen on the 3rd of March 2019.
“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. Sydney Gaymers could not have a better sponsor to help create the most ambitious float it has ever undertaken.”