April Fool: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Is Getting Dating-Sim Elements

By Ishaan . March 31, 2014 . 11:32am

Update: I feel so cheated. This is an April Fools’ joke being posted ahead of time, since it’s technically April 1st in Japan now. That’ll teach me to let my guard down.


Original Story: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is being updated with dating-sim elements. Square Enix are adding something dubbed the “Favour” system to the game, and say that this allows adventurers to “grow even closer to their favourite NPCs”.


The Favour system will pertain to both male and female NPCs. The image above (click to enlarge) outlines how the system will work. The summary reads: “To cater to our players’ desire to develop more intimate relations with their favourite NPCs, we would like to propose the addition of a new parameter called ‘Favour.’”


“Each NPC will have an internal Favour value, which will rise and fall based on the player’s actions. By raising an NPCs’s Favour to certain levels, the player can trigger special events with said NPC. NPCs will also have preferences in appearance. To Unlock Favour with a certain NPC, the player’s character must have the right combination of race, gender and physical traits.”


Above is a screenshot of a player character working his charm on Y’shtola, who has no racial preference, but requires that the character be intellectual. Her favourite item is Leg armour in the form of boots. Once you’ve wooed her, you can indulge in a… tail-catching mini-game.


More information on the Favour system will be made available soon, Square say.

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  • BK0000

    April Fools?

  • Just a friendly reminder, it’s April in japan.

    • greeeed

      this and the fact that FFXIV team like to made ridiculous April fool joke
      (just read last year april fool)

    • Crimson_Cloud

      Well, we have pranks in Europe too…

      • Did you know timezone exist? :OOOOOOOOOOOO

        • Crimson_Cloud

          The way you said it sounded like only Japan has April fools, hence I stated that. No need to get on my back man.

  • LOL! Garuda!

  • Arizato

    As much as I want to date Y’shtola I really won’t get my hopes up for this due to April 1st.

  • Japan celebrates April Fools better than the US. Step it up, USA!

    • flameraver64

      Well, it’s not April Fools till tomorrow in the US

      • nonscpo

        But its April fools now in Japan!

      • It was April Fools in Japan. Their Time zone is hours ahead of ours.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    B-But…Yshtola…And Garuda…

  • IS | 桂木

    Garuda best waifu

    • ArmoredBoar

      I’d want to be her foolish landwalker everyday~

    • Firekitty

      Wouldn’t you be HER waifu, though?

  • AlphaSixNine

    I’m actually interested if this is true… but today is… I’ve resolved to doubt every news that comes out on April 1 until the day is over.

  • Rudy Soto

    Don’t play with my heart Square Enix…

    • SerendipityX

      My broken heart still hasn’t recovered from that Type-O dating sim tease.

  • Natat

    Most April Fools jokes are just funny pranks. This one… is cruel.

    • AlphaSixNine

      I know that feel bro.

    • Christopher

      How is this cruel?
      I find this funny as hell

    • Ric Vazquez

      Yeah dude, so very much…

  • DesmaX

    So, will I be able to carry my hushbando around?


    • GH56734

      WTF I thought it was only for Asuna

    • Firekitty

      Is that an actual screen? If that’s an actual screen, I need to go order a copy of that…

  • axemtitanium

    There’s gonna be some Friction when I show Garuda my Downburst!

    …that was crass.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia
    • SerendipityX

      I’d actually think its would kinda cool to date a summon monster. I mean haha you so funny Square~

    • Demeanor

      Think how fun would a lovers’ quarrel be! Oh wait… XD
      Btw Project Diva F 2nd arrived today!!! I’m positively drooling :P
      Maybe they’ll add the dating sim feature if the fan backlash is strong enough for this April’s Fool, lol XD

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      are you…Seto kaiba?

      • Göran Isacson

        Now I’m imagining Seto Kaiba playing FInal Fantasy XIV, immediately making farreaching plans for dating Bahamut when he reads these news… and then breaking down in despair when the truth of the joke dawns on him. It’s hilarious to me.

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          after that he will hack into FFXIV servers just to make Bahamut-chan his waifu

  • snickerdoodle22

    Warning: People who date Tataru are put on a list.

    • Misty Dawson

      Yeah, Wedge’s hit list.

  • Enma_Kozato

    aaaaand I just realized there really aren’t any NPCs I’d actually engage the system with. If this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Please don’t tease us like this! I wanted to date Y’shtola the first moment I saw her… I like her a lot!

    If this is true… BEST feature in ANY MMO period!

    • lolcatz6657

      Sadly, it will likely be just an april fools thing.

  • otakumike

    Honestly, this would have been a cool idea. Oh well.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    The trolling was grwat until I saw Garuda. Were It not for her, I too would have been fooled.

  • Kornelious

    ……..You………..Mother……….Foolers! That’s like the ONE thing that would actually make me want to play the game more, and now you tell me it was an Aprill Fools Joke! I guess i can still have that faint glimmer of hope before they crush the rest :(

  • Firekitty

    Even if it’s a joke, I’d love to see the preferences and themes for other characters…Though it would break my heart if Thancred or Foulques didn’t like catboys.

  • Yan Zhao

    This should be real lol

  • Noor Mahmoud

    The ability to date Y’shtola would of had me renew my subscription. Why does this feature have to be a joke? :(

  • This kinda sounded like the gift system in dfo, its a shame its fake

  • Richard N

    Hahah, that is a really great April Fools Joke. Especially for us folk.

  • fairysun

    I am more Minfilia-sama person, even though she has delicate taste in her wardrobe.

  • The Watcher

    Well, It’s April 1st, time to get off the internet for the next 24 hours.

  • Zenthos

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Is going free to play….Not!

    April Fools!

  • Monterossa

    It should be true!! I’m gonna get Minfilia for her extremely big breasts.

  • Kaetsu

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Good one Squeenix heh heh heh…..(I totally wanted this).

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Why can’t this be real?

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    It’s not like I’ve always wanted to date Thancred or anything

  • KuroNathan

    I would totally serve under garuda.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Sad that they got a good idea as a joke.

  • Loli Summoner

    It better not be maleXfemale only >.>

  • Mind0105A

    Damn, I hate April fools.

  • ogopogo

    I’d renewal my sub the moment they let me date Y’shtola, hell even the path companion I had in 1.0…

  • Kai2591

    It’d be awesome if it was real. Or at least in some ways, real.

  • Mordina

    Blargh, I want this in the game ; 3 ;

  • CirnoLakes

    I think we did it! We expressed enough disappointment in this being an April Fools joke, that Square Enix are really considering adding it.

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