A new video from the official Final Fantasy XIV channel reveals the character creation process as seen in the beta. I must warn you, the video is kind of silly in conception. Two “spies”, one who speaks in Japanese and one who speak in English, sneak into Square-Enix’s headquarters to catch a glimpse of the beta.
The character creation process, video production aside, is interesting. I like the fly-out panels that allow you to easily see your options instead of the toggle based system that WoW uses. However, there are a lot of confusing options for a first time player, like the guardian thing, birthday type thing, and job type thing. I don’t know what any of that stuff is, but I’m excited to play.
If only they allowed male Miqo’te (or Mithra for you FFXI types), then they might have a leg up on WoW with the Twilight, werewolf, and furry communities. I, for one, would love to play a male Mi’quote. Not many games have such strict gender restrictions, and I don’t think a US-developed game would have similar restrictions on race and gender (feel free to correct me).
Do you think the character creation process tops other MMOs, or does it need work? It certainly seems like the 8 year old FFXI had a little bit more flavor with your character parading around while you customized them, but you couldn’t get as close a look at them. I think this sequence is forever burned into my mind: