A Final Fantasy XIV localization glitch hints at a second new race for Shadowbringers

    
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More yay, but also less.

Everyone knew ahead of time that Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.55 would contain no further story advancements. And it doesn’t… or, more accurately, it doesn’t contain any intentional story advancements. Because a localization glitch has led to a flurry of rumors in what appears to not only provide Viera localization but also hints at another heretofore unannounced race, the Hrothgar. A number of lines referring to player races have been found in older quests which include Hrothgar on the table of potential races for the player character.

For those of you unclear on how this works, the French version of the game (but not others) uses these strings to address player by race in certain dialogues, and a typo in the code has resulted in the full strings of potential options being output at once. Equally worth noting are the fact that both Hrothgar and Viera are listed with both masculine and feminine pronouns, and frequently with gendered adjectives as well (lines stating “la belle Viera” and “le beau Viera,” for example), highly implying both genders in play. It’s unclear at this point whether this is a remnant from earlier in development, a confirmation of a second race, or a red herring… but it will certainly keep player attention during the month-long wait for the final fan festival.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Release female Viera, male Ronso, then years down the line release the other gender option while sticking to word of ‘no more races’ after this expansion.

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Sorrior

Sooo crazy thought but what if this is semi on purpose to gauge fan reaction?

And i did suggest when the viera were announced that might be female only with ronso being the male option/variant.

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Kevin Flanagan

This “glitch” seems to definitely suggest there will be male Viera since it mentions “le beau Viera.” That being said, I would certainly be fine with male (and female) Ronso.

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Danny Smith

Soooo scale up the male miqote body, give it different hands and melwybs head? :p

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Andy McAdams

Don’t forget the unicorn horn!

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Danny Smith

SMN AF1 has you covered.

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Andy McAdams

oh man I forgot about that. I’m subbed to FFXIV right now because Fuck ATVI and i can’t get over how garishly terrible armor design can be in this game. They have some really great looking stuff, then stuff that looks like I’m wearing a body pillow or a couch cushion.

and I’m like “….but, why?”

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Andy McAdams

Conversely, there’s really no reason NOT to add two new races. It’s an arbitrary thing with a strong argument for adding two, or against adding two.

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Dagget Burmese

Ronso? But that would mean even more work getting clothing to fit, beyond the effort done for viera feet and ears…

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Andy McAdams

That would true of any other race. it’s not unique here.

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MrNastyButler

Interesting.

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Toy Clown

I was speculating Viera as the new female-0nly race and perhaps this other mention being a new male-0nly race. Spectulates!