This week at Japan Expo, Square Enix announced that Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII would be making an appearance in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. She’ll be part of a new quest that when completed, will net players a Lightning or Snow costume in addition to weapons taken from Final Fantasy XIII.
The reception from players has been quite mixed over both the appearance of Lightning in Eorzea and the inclusion of these costumes and weapons. From hope that this event will lead into other popular characters making an appearance to worries of ruined immersion to straight up dislike for Lightning and Final Fantasy XIII, the player community has been very vocal about this on both sides of the fence.
On the next episode of Aetheryte Radio, we’ll be having a discussion about fanservice in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We already have the Crystal Tower and Magitek, Biggs and Wedge and we know that we’ll see Xandes, Cloud of Darkness and Lightning. How is it that the community can be so vocal over one piece of fanservice and not another? We invite yo to post your thoughts (either via comments or our forums) about not just Lightning, but the other elements from previous Final Fantasy titles that make an appearance in FFXIV as well. Do they belong? Do they need to be handled a certain way? Do you want more? Let us know what you think in what’s (hopefully) a civilized discussion!
We’ll read over the feedback and work it into our next episode which is set for the evening of July 13th!