This Is What Shiva Looks Like In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

By Ishaan . January 22, 2013 . 1:20pm

Over on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn development blog, Square Enix have posted images of an in-progress high-poly model for Shiva, which was created using the Z-Brush software. High-poly models are normally used to generate normal map data that’s applied to the in-game model. Check it out below:

 

 

(Note that the skin colour used in the model above is just the default model colour in Zbrush, so that isn’t what Shiva’s skin will look like in her final model.)

 


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  • ffboi7

    That is probably the most odd looking Shiva I have ever seen

    • ElRobotico

      Agreed.

      • Guest

        What about the transformer bike Shiva?

      • Guest

        What about the transformer bike Shiva?

  • Chris Yuen

    At least she isn’t a motorcycle.

    • ElRobotico

      The motorcycle look better than this.

      • revenent hell

        I couldnt agree with you more.The faces where at least pretty…this I have no idea what to call this

        • MogCakes

          I dunno. If she’s a boss in XIV and not a summon, then it makes sense she’s supposed to look fierce and not super feminine pretty (yeah, I know she’s basically wearing a thong-leotard, I’m talking about her face).

          • revenent hell

            Her thighs are also way to big in comparison to the rest of her. I dont mind a fierce or muscley chick but the perportions are way off on this model and sadly her boobs make me think they just tacked them on like pillows or something, they do not fit in with the body type and as well arent perportionate to the frame.
            Coloring and hair/dress style I dont mind so much overall but the poor body design I wont forgive

        • http://twitter.com/Tiredman_ Tiredman

          I don’t know, I think she is still pretty. I agree she needs more presence though. I think a skin color change will help a lot in this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

        No way to be honest.This looks a more like a queen and is alot more graceful.Just wait for the final colour scheme.Looks perfect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

        No way to be honest.This looks a more like a queen and is alot more graceful.Just wait for the final colour scheme.Looks perfect.

  • Crevox

    She looks kinda weird… but… okay, I’ll go with it, I guess…

  • MrRobbyM

    It’s quite different but I think I like it. Odd in a good way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

    I think she should have the bluish skin like in the artwork.

    • Draparde

      “Note that the skin colour used in the model above is just the default model colour in Zbrush, so that isn’t what Shiva’s skin will look like in her final model.”

      it probably will be blue.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

        Yeah , that’s why I am hoping it is gonna be blue. Looks fantastic as a basic design.

    • MogCakes

      Didn’t read the article fully I see…

      • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

        I read it and it doesn’t say she will have blue.It subject to change that’s all.

  • Eddie

    Her colorway reminds me of a laffy taffy.

  • revenent hell

    Lord I used to think Shiva in FFVII was the worst looking one….I guess a good thing can get worse as time goes on

  • Jonah Paley

    Ifrit, Leviathan, Titan, Garuda, Bahamut, and now Shiva. And I believe Odin is gonna be in ARR as well. Now all we need is Ramuh and maybe Alexander and I’m good.

    • Astralwyrm

      You can find Ramuh’s concept art on the FFXIV website.if you hadnt seen it. ^^

      http://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/conceptart

      • Jonah Paley

        Thanks! And Cait Sith and Typhon and King Moggle Mog XII and a bunch of others are there, too. And what looks like Hein from FF III? Huh. Hopefully Alexander will make it too.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Can’t wait for the finished model. I like the artwork for her.

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

    Really nice! Her body reminds me of FFVIII Shiva (Which is my fav by the way next to FFX Shiva), her facial looks (On the drawn artwork at least) and hair really makes her look like an ice queen unlike her Type-0 design where she looks like an animu fanservice chick, it was meh in my opinion so Im pretty glad they went this direction with Shiva.

  • Hedge

    This game has the most beautiful Garuda and Ifrit ever, and yet.. this is their version of Shiva? Odd. Her design doesn’t exactly scream “ice queen”. :c

  • JustThisOne

    Pretty, but she doesn’t look… cold. :I

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

      Apparently it’s in progress so maybe they’ll make more chilly as her artwork looks aye?

  • Misty Dawson

    blegh.. what is this? This isn’t Shiva… Shiva is pretty :(

  • Exkaiser

    Huh, even Square-Enix uses z-brush? Didn’t realize it was quite -that- widespread. It’s a pretty awesome tool.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      ZBrush is pretty standard practice in the industry as far as I know.

    • Wolframium

      Yup, almost everyone uses it. The workflow nowadays seems to be

      Zbrush > wathever 3D modelling package you are using (3DS, maya, wathever) with texture work on Photoshop, with the oddball who uses 3DCoat to paint/model their meshes.

      It seems to be that way because lots of artists nowadays prefer to sculpt their models instead of using more tradittional ways of modelling (box, mesh, spline, etc). And since ZBrush is the (arguably) most advanced 3D sculpting software…

  • Shami

    well the best Shiva design is in FFX followed closely by FFVIII
    At least for me
    Artwork is ok but that zbrush pictures are for now ugly
    Can’t wait for the finished version

  • Draparde

    awesome, now i wanna see how you fight her >_<.

  • Detrimont

    she looks too much like a elf/fairy queen

  • Zarx

    I love how spiked parts of her hair is basically a crown.

  • Ferrick

    is it me or does the new shiva look a little… “dirty” @.@

  • Pokahontas McGuigan

    i wish she had translucent icy skin, she looks too human to me.

  • Randy Marsh

    Still better than the Tactics Advance version of Shiva, Shiva wearing armor my foot! When I play Final Fantasy I wanna see Shiva’s butt! Thank god we’ll probably see it in this.

  • Chiupon

    Neat. Not my favorite design, as shiva usually looks… More soft, as people have mentioned. She looks like an evil ice queen. The face is definitely very fierce and runway model-esque. I’m a bit terrified actually, she’s kinda scary…

  • TatsuyaKyo

    She looks more… elvish than spirit-ish.

    Sorry babe, but you’re just not my type. :p

  • Chris Cruz

    First pic: “What did you just call me…?”

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    It’s nice Shivas being modernized, but these models just don’t give off that Ice Queen grace and beauty that Shiva has. Although some may not agree, I even loved the Shiva Sisters in FFXIII as I thought they were portrayed very beautifully. Especially the one on the left. She looks divine =^_^=

    • alixraen

      These models are not complete, so I assume the finished product will be more akin to the traditional Shivas of old. Not that I’m not a fan of this XIV design, I am. It’s a ton better than the motorcycles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

      I agree , Shiva is supposed to look like the queen she is.I was disappointed in XIII shivas.

      • Sylveria

        I was disappointed in FF13 summons across the board. Not only were they useless, but outside of Bahamut and Odin, they were just silly. If they didn’t try to shove in the vehicle thing to appeal to… I have no idea… There was some neat ideas to build off.

    • Colonel Custard

      I think the look is more less a result of zBrush not having a that great of a lighting engine or that you can’t really control a lot of the color scheme in it. In all honesty I think that model is just gonna be used for bump mapping or texture mapping for a lower res model. Which will be edited in another program probably Photoshop to get exactly how they want it to look… Well as long as she has stuff added to her that makes her look like she controls ice I’ll be happy. Most likely if they wish to keep a more pink looking Shiva we will probably be seeing her with a mist around her and stuff to sell the her power over ice.

    • Colonel Custard

      I think the look is more less a result of zBrush not having a that great of a lighting engine or that you can’t really control a lot of the color scheme in it. In all honesty I think that model is just gonna be used for bump mapping or texture mapping for a lower res model. Which will be edited in another program probably Photoshop to get exactly how they want it to look… Well as long as she has stuff added to her that makes her look like she controls ice I’ll be happy. Most likely if they wish to keep a more pink looking Shiva we will probably be seeing her with a mist around her and stuff to sell the her power over ice.

  • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSpider The Human Spider

    Looks like Charlize Theron dressed up as something that should be Shiva. :P

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    Them ears… And the rest of the head…she looks…HORNY!!! :D

  • Masengan

    The first thing I saw was Kuja, she doesn’t look like the ice mistress I’ve come to love.

  • Masengan

    The first thing I saw was Kuja, she doesn’t look like the ice mistress I’ve come to love.

  • Go2hell66

    FFX and FFVIII shiva will always be the best shiva’s

    in fact FFX and FFVIII will always have the best summons period

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

      I know right? When you see Ramuh grabbing his staff and casting lightning bolts was uh… zzzz. And then Quetzalcoatl BOOM!! Holy crap!
      You see VII ifrit burping fire and uh.. flying in VII. And then in VIII RAWR, an awesome beastlike devil throwing a meteor at ya! In X he even goes Titan and throw a piece of soil to the mix!
      Shiva just used to show up from above and uh… throw some ice spikes at you, but then in VIII WHAM! Coming from the soil, frozen! Then she breaks up the ice furiously, she charges up one heck of an ice blast while you MMM HMM HMM! Enjoy the view and some blasting sound effects rock your speakers! And X Shiva just *snap* BOOM! Everyone screwed!
      Diablos, Yojimbo and Cerberus are summons I just they would come back more often.

      … But on IX’s defense I’d say it has the best Leviathan though (WHOOOSH) and in VII’s defense I think KOTR is the strongest summon ever. Plus on Crisis Core the Tomberry summon is just too damn funny xD

  • Hours

    I love the artwork, but the model itself is a bit meh. Hopefully it will look better with all the final textures applied.

  • fyi1191

    Ice King rejoice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2UKKIGGOA4V5EIFXAD7BQQOV4 Heehee

    Type-0 Shiva is still best Shiva.

  • Elvick

    She looks like a Dark Elf or something. Not Shiva, or anything related to ice for that matter. ):

    FFX’s Shiva will always be my favorite at this rate. She’s so gorgeous… and I love the snap she does for Diamond Dust.

  • http://twitter.com/DarrylThinks The Letter D

    IMHO, no Shiva can top the Final Fantasy X rendition of Shiva. Her animations were beautiful and her Overdrive was amazing to look at.

  • zero254

    For a second there I thought this was all vertex painting till I looked for transparent parts. They have posted an early render for teasers I guess.

  • jeka69

    First screenshot; I thought it was Kuja ;D

  • Masa

    she looks menacing and tough, something a Aoen/GF should look like.
    Never liked her old looks, i mean she either looked like pretty a model or in FFXIII a bike…………..

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