Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida Says Not to Give Up Hope on The Viera

Ever since the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn back in 2013, fans have been asking for the inclusion of other races in the series. Most notably, the rabbit-eared Viera race from Ivalice featured in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced. It was speculated back before Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion, Heavensward, that Viera would be added as a new race. Prior to the release of Heavensward, it was revealed that the new race added to the game would be the Au Ra. The Au Ra are an entirely new race to the Final Fantasy series.

Concept art for Viera

No Viera in Stormblood

With the game’s next expansion, Stormblood, being just two weeks from release, it has been confirmed that there is no addition of the Viera race into the game. In an interview with Finder, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida was asked a couple of questions about it. Yoshida mentioned that Viera fans shouldn’t give up hope about the inclusion of the Viera into the game. Additionally, Yoshida also explained one of the challenges to adding the rabbit-like race into the Final Fantasy XIV universe.

A Viera in Zodiac Age

“I don’t think you should give up hope. I mean we’re hoping Final Fantasy XIV will have a very long lifespan. With that being said. Fran and the Viera race have a very high heel and trying to depict that in Final Fantasy XIV is challenging. They won’t be able to wear any shoes that exist in Eorzea right now.”

Concept art of the Viera Race in its race outfit

Fans of the rabbit-like race will have to be patient and hope that they add the race in future expansions.