Final Fantasy XIV Online has become the first ever video game to collaborate on a float in the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
In a partnership with the Sydney Gaymers, a 2,600-strong queer gaming community, Final Fantasy XIV Online will be imortalised as a unique and exciting float created under the title of “Realms United” in the 2019 parade.
Organiser for Sydney Gaymers, Peak Distapan said, “Sydney Gaymers is thrilled to be collaborating with Final Fantasy XIV Online for its 2019 float entry, titled Realms United. It means so much to receive direct support, validation and acknowledgement from such a force in the industry. Not only that, to be supported by a game where so much of our community and values are represented. The Final Fantasy XIV Online community does not discriminate and respects everyone’s freedom and their individual values equally. For many LGBTQI+ people, online communities provide a space for the journey and exploration of personal identities They allow us to connect, and celebrate, and they reinforce that we are not alone. Sydney Gaymers could not have a better sponsor to help create the most ambitious float it has ever undertaken.”
Final Fantasy XIV Online Producer and Director, Naoki Yoshida added, “This collaboration could never have been realised without the efforts of our community. When FFXIV took part in PAX Australia, it was the FFXIV players in Australia who offered us the greatest welcome and utmost support. This led on to our community and Sydney Gaymers working together to make the collaboration a reality. To see it makes me very happy indeed, both as the person in charge of FFXIV and also as just another player of the game. FFXIV is another world that continues to grow and expand online. In that world people become adventurers, known as the Warriors of Light, and can continue to be free. I would like to continue developing this world, hand in hand with communities across the globe.”
2019 marks the fifth year that Sydney Gaymers will be participating in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
More information on Final Fantasy XIV Online’s collaboration with Sydney Gaymers and their float will be revealed soon.