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[Column] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: FFXIV - Group Friendly, Elf-less Community?

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Results from a poll posted to the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn community paint an interesting picture of the community's potential make up. We weigh in on the results in this week's column.

The poll’s race breakdown data is particularly noteworthy to me. Most MMO players would expect the usual suspects (Humans, Elves, insert diminutive race here) to top the charts, but based off the data we’re seeing expect a whole lot of catgirls and boys – and giants. Lots and lots of giants. Elves (Elezen) make up only a total of 7% of respondents while Miqo’te (cat folk) make up 34% and Roegadyn (giants) come in at 23%. Yes, they even beat out Humans (22%).

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  • drchocapicdrchocapic ParisPosts: 27Member

    Past experiences with these kind of pre-release polls have proven that they are only taken by a game's hardcore fans, way before the masses reach the game.

     

    And the masses are going to roll humans and elves in droves.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon
    Sort of makes sense. During the Betas I was wondering why I was the only elf character running around!
  • thyraventhyraven SørumsandPosts: 38Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Sort of makes sense. During the Betas I was wondering why I was the only elf character running around!

    Stop wondering, Elves has horrible animations.... you look like a walking peestick

  • ChaosLord83ChaosLord83 Dartmouth, NSPosts: 11Member Uncommon

    http://i.imgur.com/nhTm07A.jpg

     

    Another breakdown, with different results

  • oakaeoakae Airmont, NYPosts: 344Member
    Elves look like an ostrich with heads too small for their bodies.
  • SelaineSelaine MaPosts: 9Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by drchocapic

    Past experiences with these kind of pre-release polls have proven that they are only taken by a game's hardcore fans, way before the masses reach the game.

     

    And the masses are going to roll humans and elves in droves.

    i agree in the first point.

    for the elves: i.. i don't know. Yeah. Their necks are a little too long, but the most annoying thing i noticed are the small heads.

    Does nobody else think they have far too small heads? No??

    Proportional to the hands and arms and body and so on...

    At least the females have -- really small heads. yeah..silly

     

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  • LokeroLokero Posts: 376Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by ChaosLord83

    http://i.imgur.com/nhTm07A.jpg

     

    Another breakdown, with different results

    This one seems far more accurate/likely for the masses.

  • WinterfalkeWinterfalke MunichPosts: 4Member Uncommon

    Elfes = Ugly and the head is unproportional. The only thing that reminds me of elves is the ears and even they are ugly.

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  • EndoRobotoEndoRoboto Silverdale, WAPosts: 275Member
    Lol im rolling Elezen simply because they are obviously the underdog choice due to appearance. Gotta be unique somehow...
  • WellzyCWellzyC Stillwater, MNPosts: 557Member Uncommon

     

     

    Of course people are rolling support classes,  since every game now aways has (for some god awful reason) abandoned the trinity...

     

    People are excited for a game that has some interdependancy and are rolling the support classes they have come to love.

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  • bigbudzbigbudz O Fallon, ILPosts: 52Member
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    • Crafting (DoH):Tailor
    • Gathering (DoL):ALL
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  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Posts: 5,487Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Winterfalke

    Elfes = Ugly and the head is unproportional. The only thing that reminds me of elves is the ears and even they are ugly.

    This... wife and I roled this race for beta and they looked really bad. Not awesome in any way. Make them look scary or purdy. 


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  • CoolitCoolit FalkirkPosts: 468Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by EndoRoboto
    Lol im rolling Elezen simply because they are obviously the underdog choice due to appearance. Gotta be unique somehow...

    I'm doing the same :)

  • DangerNobuoDangerNobuo Willow River, MNPosts: 85Member Uncommon
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: Roegadyn (Hellsguard)
    • Server: Ultros
    • Job (DoW): Paladin
    • Crafting (DoH): ?
    • Gathering (DoL): ?
    • Grand Company: The Immortal Flames
    • Playstyle: Hardcore Casual
  • ShauneepeakShauneepeak Biddeford, MEPosts: 421Member

    What makes it even more surprising in regards to the large % playing support is it is actually even more then 58/42% Archers are not truly dps in the traditional sense they are more a dps/support. This is especially true once the Bard Job is unlocked but even pre-Bard Archers have the largest Mana pool of all the non-magic classes and couple that with the Archer being at home fighting from a distance makes them a great backup healer even without skill points dumped into it. During several fights in the last beta phase where our tank should have died because of our main healer being unable to outheal the incoming damage the extra boost I was able to provide completely turned the fight around as a level 33 Archer I believe my Heal was restoring around 86HP to my target and this was with all my points dumped into Dex.

    What makes this even more obvious is the fact the Archer's Limit Break is a group heal I almost fell over when I used my Limit Break during my first group boss fight and instead of the boss getting damaged I realized I had healed everyone. LMAO

     
     
  • Eighteen16Eighteen16 StockholmPosts: 145Member Uncommon
    I have never had any interest in cat-like races, but got to admit they look extremely nice in this one. 
  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,565Member Uncommon


    Gender: Female
    Race: Roegadyn Hellsguard
    Server: Coeurl
    Job (DoW): Undecided
    Crafting (DoH): All
    Gathering (DoL): All
    Grand Company: Undecided
    Playstyle: Crafting

  • NBlitzNBlitz ZwollePosts: 1,904Member

    And here I thought I was being a bit original by going male Miqo'te (Keeper) Paladin. 

    Why do game makers even bother making "unique" looking characters when the pretty ones almost always come out on top 10-1 image

  • twruletwrule Daly City, CAPosts: 1,251Member

    It was the 'character gender' data that had the more even distribution between male and female; the player gender data showed something like 19% women (maybe less, I forget).

    The race results do not surprise me really.

  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 8,467Member Uncommon

    The Roegedyn stat is confusing to me.I play a lot of Galka and Roegadyn  and i know for fact it  is a rarely played class.

    In FFXI i see about 2-3 in a all of a jueno zone at one time and that is of around maybe 50+ players.

    In FFXIV it seemed to be even more rare,i on very rare occasions ran into the Galkan like class.

    The cat classes i am not surprised by,they seem to be popular.

    I never really looked into the stat differences ,if there are any,i just made one Roegadyn and one of the Lalafell.

     

     


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  • DrelkagDrelkag Somewhere in, KYPosts: 56Member Common
    Really thinking that Roegadyn Hellsguard is thrown off. The other two surveys I found saw them lower than even the Sea Wolves.

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  • DalmarDalmar Blue Springs, MOPosts: 46Member Uncommon
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: Miqo'te
    • Server: Gilgamesh
    • Job (DoW): Archer/Bard
    • Crafting (DoH): Carpenter
    • Gathering (DoL): Botanist
    • Grand Company:  Undecided
    • Playstyle: Social
  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon
    For me...

    Lalafell Dunesfolk

    Server Goblin

    Gender, all classes undecided

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  • Ironman2000Ironman2000 Baltimore, MDPosts: 310Member

     

    • Gender: Male (characters female) Prefer looking at females while i'm playing
    • Race: Miqo'te (Moon one), Roegadyn (Hellsguard) and one Lalafell Dunesfolk
    • Server: Not sure, where ever my friends end up
    • Job (DoW): Dragoon, Paladin and some type of casterish for the third toon
    • Crafting (DoH): Not sure yet
    • Gathering (DoL): Not sure yet
    • Grand Company: huh? lol
    • Playstyle: Casual

    I'd like to focus DPS on one toon, Tanking on one and Healing on the last.  I love to play elves but the big bodies with the teeny tiny heads just creeps me out (must be an Asian thing to make their elves look different maybe?)  I just don't really like the style of the elves (kinda like the creepy looking soga models in EQ II, I never liked them either). I like the way most of the races look, just can't get past the teeny tiny heads on the elves....maybe if they made the heads bigger to match the bodies or shrunk the bodies and left the heads the same size.

     
     
     
     
  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAPosts: 1,544Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by oakae
    Elves look like an ostrich with heads too small for their bodies.

     

    Square Enix may ask MMORPG to ban my account for breaking the NDA, but... I have to do it!

     

    Here's a brief video of a group of Elezen wandering just outside of Ul'dah!

     

    image

     

    Gasp!  I can't believe that I just leaked that!

     

     

    I'm probably going to max at least one of each race in game.  Have a lot of hard work and preparation / plans for the next six months to make 999,999,999 gil within a couple years.

     

    Come at me, FFXIV economy!

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