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You Can Have Sex In Final Fantasy XIV, But There Are Rules

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Tom Chapman

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29th Oct 2021 18:31

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Things are getting steamy in Eorzea, as Square Enix confirms you're able to have sex in Final Fantasy XIV. Before you rush off to the local adult store to prepare for a night of passion, the developer is clamping down on harassment and the inevitable stumbling blocks that come from allowing people to have sex in a virtual world - there can be some sticky situations, to say the least.

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The popular MMORPG has been going strong since 2013, while erotic role-playing is nothing new. In the wake of the likes of the Activision Blizzard lawsuits, World of Warcraft trying to clean up its act and Resident Evil 4 VR censoring itself, Square Enix is also throwing cold water on our sexual liaisons in time for November's Endwalker update. Well, not exactly.

What Are The New Rules On Sex In Final Fantasy XIV?

Square Enix's updated FFXIV guidelines now prohibit actions that are "evocative of sexual activities" - at least in public. Previously, you could use emotes to mimic sexual grinding, while you can imagine what some players were using the squat emote for. If you're horny on Main, Final Fantasy XIV has banned "obscene/indecent expression" in public as a violation of the rules. It'll also get you slapped with a ban if the other person isn't into it.

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This sounds like a positive step against harassment in the public realm, however, you'll only get banned if you're reported. Even then, it's likely some randy rogues are sure to slip through the net. The devs have tried to set out some guidelines, but in typical fashion, there are those ready to flaunt the rules.

"In the case of role-playing involving mildly sexual expressions (such as erotic role-playing) with a consenting group of two or more players, if it is conducted in a private area, it will not be considered a violation unless a report is made", explains Square Enix. "However, if you encourage or invite a player to participate in such role-play without being certain of their consent, there is a high possibility that you will be reported and penalized. Please be very careful."

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Will The Latest Rules Really Change Sex In Final Fantasy XIV?

We'll have to wait and see if Square Enix's new chastity belt really works. Worryingly, the mention that there's a "high possibility" you'll be "reported and penalized" hardly sounds like it's a failsafe way to stop someone dry-humping you into oblivion. 

Elsewhere, you and your FF pals can decide what's warranted as a step too far. The extensive rules continue, "If all members of a Free Company think that ‘slightly vulgar jokes are not a problem and will not cause offense’, then using expressions that fall under the category of ‘slightly vulgar jokes’ in the Free Company in question will not be considered a violation unless it is reported."

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They continued: "However, the perception of ‘slightly vulgar jokes’ varies from person to person, and there is the possibility that what you consider to be ‘slightly vulgar jokes’ may be considered unacceptable by others. Please be careful when making these kinds of expressions." So, it sounds like it's all a matter of taste.

The team has also installed some new parameters on what's classed as stalking. This includes "persistently moving to locations where someone is, despite being asked to stop the behavior" and "creating new characters to message someone who has blacklisted you, despite being asked to stop the behavior". All of the above sounds great, but still, it's a little alarming that it's taken Square Enix eight years to decide consent is something needed inside a game. Go figure!

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake For PC May Have Just Leaked

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Joseph Kime

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7th Sep 2021 15:01

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