I'm making my own thread about this, because the "More Races" or "What races do you want to see" threads don't discuss this topic in the detail that I wish to.
It is obvious from the FFXIV main website's art, that there is indeed a small horned girl in the far left, at bottom of the picture. Now, many people have been speculating that this will be a Gria. However, what most people don't know is that Gria, at least so far, has been a primarily Female race (to my knowledge, correct me if I'm wrong).
Now, many have said, the Main reason we could not have Male Mithra in FFXI is because it would offset the balance of one Male race and one Female race. People all too well know, that adding a Female Galka simply wouldn't work, so I and many others have speculated that if we added a all Female Race, it would balance the issue, and allow for Male Mithra (which perfectly well exist, we just cannot play them in FFXI).
Now, another great thing about this is, the Gria are a perfect all female race. They are cute, they have the little devilish horn thing going on, and are feminine. They are to Women what Galka are to Men. This could be a perfect balance to offset the Galka. Both races in their lore are more "divine" than most other races, having a interesting way of appearing and ways of life. But keep in mind, I'm not saying Male Gria do not exist, or that they will not exist in FFXIV, I'm just brainstorming about the idea.
But from what I've seen, it's obvious in the art work that Square Enix is teasing us, both with the Pictured Male Mithra, and the Gria.
It is widely agreed upon and almost certain from what many have seen and speculated throughout many threads, that we will most likely see Male Mithra for a number of reasons. I don't feel like re-discussing all of them here, and would like to keep this thread focused more on the Gria Issue. So if you wish to view those discussions, do so :
Here, and Here.
But what we can gather is: There's a huge demand for Male Mithra, and with as popular as the whole furry thing is, or as popular in the least as being part of the exotic animal race, there's simply too big of a demand to ignore, and they would be losing out on potential money by not adding Male Mithra.
Male Mithra would also introduce a type of personality and mindset for Men that they have wanted very badly and did not receive in FFXI. A way to be more "feminine", without being hulky, bulky, or tiny and overly cute. It's a style I guess many can refer to as "Metro Sexual" (Don't even go past this point, don't EVEN...). But let's not forget, this is a new game, and the possibilities are endless, allowing the developers to be creative, and do many things they have wanted to in the past with FFXI, but were unable to (which they've even admitted to themselves).
Galka, are indeed a very masculine race. And a Female to the Galka race would simply not fit in, but that doesn't mean there's not MANY possibilities for Females for their own races, where Males would have an equal place in not fitting in.
So, with all this being said, I think I might have just connected some dots. But, it's all just speculation right now. What does everyone else think?
Edited, Jun 8th 2009 2:15am by EndlessJourney
Edited, Jun 9th 2009 9:54pm by Thayos