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The dude in the CG looks more caucasian than previous FF'sFollow

#1 Jun 05 2009 at 10:40 AM Rating: Decent
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The short haired armored guy that shows up the most often in the FFXIV intro, compared to FFXI's he has more strongly caucasian features (brow, nose ridge, more sunken eyes). In the end he's still a CG cartoon man, but the features are definitely more caucasian on purpose.

I'd guess this means a heavier push in western markets than previously.

#2 Jun 05 2009 at 10:43 AM Rating: Good
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This was the first thing I noticed from the trailer. I'm not sure if it's that he looks more "caucasian," it's that he looks less like an Anime character. He looks waaaay more realistic, Caucasian or not.
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#3 Jun 05 2009 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
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thought the same exact thing.

plus, i got this zac efron vibe. anyone else? haaaaa
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#4 Jun 05 2009 at 12:34 PM Rating: Decent
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He seemed less good at math than previous Final Fantasy avatars. I guess being more Caucasian explains my gut feeling...

Edited, Jun 5th 2009 4:35pm by KarlHungis
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#5 Jun 05 2009 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
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He looks more Caucasian? He looks more realistic, is all. I don't think this has anything to do with trying to appeal to a western market. You're reading into this way too much.
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#6 Jun 05 2009 at 4:40 PM Rating: Good
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To me it looks the same, with better graphics, and older. This guy feels like a 20-25 years old, and FFXI's felt like it has 17-19

Edited, Jun 5th 2009 8:41pm by Squallido
#7 Jun 05 2009 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
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...He looks more realistic, is all. I don't think this has anything to do with trying to appeal to a western market.


Considering that looking more realistic, combined with recent design choices in current Square Enix RPGs, and that this is an MMO with a simultaneous global release; I think it would be safe to say that the look is certainly less anime inspired, and that appealing beyond an Eastern market is definitely a goal that Square Enix has in mind. By the same token, more Caucasian is stretching it a bit.

Putting the glove on the other hand, I wouldn't necessarily say that most anime characters look more or less "caucasian". That really depends on your point of view though. I don't think any race has eyes that prominent to really make a sound comparison.

Edited, Jun 5th 2009 8:54pm by Robere
#8 Jun 05 2009 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Square-Enix has commented on the depicted race of their characters before though
FF12 was going to have more European looking characters, with Ashe meant to look french.

Even FFXIII has a really caucasian looking guy in the cast now.

Edited, Jun 5th 2009 10:11pm by ogrebattle
#9 Jun 06 2009 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
I dont get these posts at all about the char. looking more caucasion? What? They looked like caucasians in XI also. I dont see it...what? lol w/e
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ogrebattle wrote:
Square-Enix has commented on the depicted race of their characters before though
FF12 was going to have more European looking characters, with Ashe meant to look french.

Even FFXIII has a really caucasian looking guy in the cast now.

Edited, Jun 5th 2009 10:11pm by ogrebattle


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#11 Jun 07 2009 at 6:47 AM Rating: Decent
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This guy looks like an adult version of the kid from ffxi openeing trailer.
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#12 Jun 07 2009 at 7:03 AM Rating: Decent
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but we saw aldo as an adult in the XI opening

very beginning: shows aldo <the kid in question> holding his fingers up "holding" jeuno between his fingers...

end: shows a man doing the same thing


call me crazy but also seemed 9-12 as a id, and then it said "20 years later" making him later 20's to early 30's...ide certainly call that an adult

and i dont think that guy in the FF14 trailer was aldo
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#13 Jun 07 2009 at 7:10 AM Rating: Decent
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ogrebattle wrote:
Square-Enix has commented on the depicted race of their characters before though
FF12 was going to have more European looking characters, with Ashe meant to look french.

Even FFXIII has a really caucasian looking guy in the cast now.

When you think about it, it makes sense.

To the Japanese, Europeans in general look highly "exotic". They often borrow symbolism from Europe because it looks foreign and strange to them. Look how often crosses show up in Anime and RPGs. It isn't because they are attempting to be religious, or sacrilegious. The christian church is virtually nonexistant in Japan, to them, it's just something strange and neat looking.

So they simply add European characters, not in an attempt to appear to Americans, but mostly to make the character look exotic to their Japanese audience.
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I'd assume they had to keep Aldo a very simple looking character, to be able to render him in the game as the same.

It seems they have a very hard to time making charcters look older and younger by their face. Obviously you can tell Young, Mid age and Old apart. But how do they go about seperating Teens from early-late Twenties? But this is a system limitation.

As for the guy in XIV, I think it's just very unfortunate they picked the same angle as XI's intro, but he's clearly different from Aldo. And relating to the OP, if you look at a few other characters, such as the galka holding tha axe, he definatly seems to be SE's traditional designs
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#15 Jun 07 2009 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
He looks like an albino black guy to me.
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