Final Fantasy XIV game could soon include gay marriages

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A representative of the makers of the hugely popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Final Fantasy XIV has said that it could soon feature marriages between players of the same sex.

Players can currently marry other players but this is restricted to those of the opposite sex.

Now a representative of Square Enix that makes the game said in a video recording: “As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years.

“As you know, each country has a different way of thinking. So first we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision.I can’t say whether or not it will be possible at this point in time. I’d like to keep dialog open with our players as we deliberate the matter.”

Last year, EA Games said the introduction of gay characters left it inundated with anti-gay letters.

Bioware, a division of EA, included gay relationships in its Mass Effect 3 game and in its Star Wars: The Old Republic multi-player game.

EA Games said it received “thousands” of letters complaining about the inclusion of gay characters, with many threatening to boycott the developer, but defended the decision to represent gay players.

The vice president of corporate communications Jeff Brown said given the descriptors on the games it was “hard to believe” anyone was surprised by the availability of gay relationships.