The upcoming Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers expansion pack is due out on July 2nd, 2019 for PC and PS4. The massive expansion features two new playable races, all new classes, and lots of new quests and content to dive into. What it won’t feature is any new loli character classes and neither will any new expansion pack moving forward. Why? Because the Japanese are apparently getting afraid of the Social Justice stigma that has been cast over lolis and shotas by corrupt organizations like the United Nations.
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida let the news fly loose over on the Square Enix forums on May 9th, 2019, where he explained…
“Addendum—On Adding Younger-Looking Playable Characters
“Among some of the feedback we received were requests for playable characters that resembled young boys and girls. Unfortunately, this is one request we cannot consider for ethical reasons.
“With every passing year the debate surrounding moral and ethical issues in games grows more intense, and we do not want to present children in battle or in pain—and posing such characters sexually and taking screenshots and so forth would be expressly forbidden.
“In any event, regardless of what our players did or did not intend to do, the fact remains that if a review board were to evaluate such content and determine it were unacceptable, we would be forced to suspend FFXIV’s service. We ask that you keep these factors in mind as we strive to abide by the changing standards of the times.”
Final Fantasy XIV already has some chibi characters in the form of the Lalafell, but what Yoshida is referencing is the crackdown on loli and shota content by mostly Western-based organizations and big tech companies. Reddit, Twitter, Gab, and even Steam have been banning lolis and shotas when depicted in a certain way.
Western organizations claim that lolis and shotas are the equivalent of child pornography, and therefore illegal. This is all despite the fact that multiple Danish reports indicated that viewing lewd loli images doesn’t lead to physical contact with minors.
Vara Dark also did a video about the issue, which you can check out below.
Nevertheless, there has been a concerted effort from many Social Justice types to get loli images and characters banned from media and video games.
It appears as if some Japanese developers are being affected by this newfound propaganda and Final Fantasy XIV appears to be one of the games converged by this push.
Just a few years ago this wasn’t much of an issue at all, and plenty of games had playable loli characters, including TERA, Blade & Soul, and even past Final Fantasy games such as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. However, now these days lolis are considered dangerous.
Valve even began labeling anime games from Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese developers featuring lolis as “child exploitation”, despite the fact that they allow games like Bully and both Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2 on Steam, even though both latter games contain sexual content featuring canonically underage characters.
If Yoshida is now scared to add any new playable loli characters to Final Fantasy XIV, then it doesn’t bode well for the future of other Japanese games.
(Thanks for the news tip Vara Dark and Richard Pell)
(Main image courtesy of Amalahrose)