Final Fantasy XIV Takes a Sexy Turn With Skimpy Bikinis

By Giuseppe Nelva

July 20, 2011

Final Fantasy XIV is known for being pretty conservative in the styling of it’s equipment for ladies, at least compared  to the average of Asian MMORPGs. So conservative, in fact, that common caster tunics have been nicknamed “potato sack dress” and multiple threads have emerged in the official forums demanding ways to show a bit more skin.

Looks like Square Enix has, at least temporarily, caved to such demands as producer Naoki Yoshida, in his latest letter to the fanbase, shown off pictures of swimsuits to be included in the game with the upcoming summer event: the Firefall Faire.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the new bikinis show a whole lot of skin. Far more than what we’re used to in any Square Enix game and definitely more than what was exposed by the chaste swimsuits included in Final Fantasy XI.

Is Square Enix planning to increase the sexy factor of the game in order to draw in more players to experience the upcoming and quite radical updates and the future PS3 version (that, as reported before, is still coming)?

The producer letter also gives some interesting insight on the philosophy behind the future steps of development and hints to a possible removal or mitigation of the time limits between Guildleves.

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You can see a far less alluring male version of the new swimsuits below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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