New Playable Race Confirmed!

Hello all!

Fernehalwes here again for a very special edition of the Developers’ Blog.

I’ve worked hard the past few months to bring you exclusive coverage of never-before-seen content, and while a lot of it has been breathtaking, not all of it has been, what you might call, mind-blowing. So, last night, I waited until everyone had gone back home and then started digging through the art team’s folders on the project data servers… Half an hour later, I finally struck the mother lode.

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Boy, am I going to pay for this…

You may recall back when Yoshi-P used official player polls to find out what race should be added to the list of playable characters. It turned out that there was a lot of support for both the rabbit-like Viera and croco…gator…lizard-like Bangaa from FINAL FANTASY XII and the Ivalice series.

However, instead of deciding on the Viera and incurring the fiery wrath the Bangaa crowd, or selecting the Bangaa and forever alienating the Viera crowd, it appears the dev team has decided to take the best of both worlds…and create the Viangaa!

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In the same folder, I also found what appears to be the spec document that goes with the art.

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Here’s a rough translation:

Bangaa (More powerful than a Roegadyn) + Viera (More elegant than a Bangaa) = The beautiful, yet fierce Viangaa!

Physical Appearance
– Taller and more sophisticated than an Elezen but with a build sturdier than a Roegadyn
– Customizable ear length, snout length, skin color, and “package” size

Basic Characteristics
– Hail from the Farreach, leading many to take up residence in the city-state of Sharlayan.
– Have excellent negotiating skills (store prices are 10% lower)
– Movement speed is 1.2 times faster than other races
– They have an extremely musky odor which other animals detest
………….Chocobos and other living mounts will not allow Viangaa to ride them
………….All field monsters will aggro
– Skilled at both the bow and magic (starting bonuses to DEX and INT)
– Extremely conservative. Conversation with other races is strictly forbidden.
………….If chat window is used, a Viangaa assassin will be sent to stalk the player.
I can’t wait to think up the naming conventions for these guys!

Fernehalwes

11 thoughts on “New Playable Race Confirmed!

    1. Agreed. This most definately sounds like an April Fool’s joke just from the “translated” text. :)

  1. If a Viangaa lasts for more than 4 hours please consult a localization team member

  2. i dont like this mix they should have just kept them separate, bangaa as male and viera as female. I dont see many people who going play as this race.
    not to sound like I am ungrateful that there thinking of content outside the Final Fantasy box but, im starting to get a bit afraid of what this game is becoming and whats its losing in the process

    1. You should write a strongly-worded letter or, better yet, start an angry poll on the official forums! Surely others will rally under your banner if your cause is just!

  3. if i even see these things ingame then i am calling for paparazzi to come take photo’s for the tabloid newspapers that never print anything thats real news. guess its a good thing its april fools day.

  4. SE kinda always takes the piss out of player’s wants and thoughts. Like presenting FFXIV (v1) fully working on PS3 right after announcing it would be delayed. Countless of things like this really.. This is not a funny joke. It’s yet another slap in the face.

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