Information regarding male Miqo'te:
Eorzeapedia: There is a growing group in the community who would like to see the implementation of Male Miqo’te
Tanaka: Actually all of the design is ready, so we were planning to implement them into the game, however during the development process we had to put priority with what to put into the game, and due to the man power issue we had to give up implementing them into the beginning of the game. You will see them as an NPC, but it is not a race that you can choose at the beginning. We’ll see how it goes in the future, it might be a possiblity. We are still looking into it.
Putting it aggressively, the absence of male Miqo'te as a playable race is a flagrant insult to [a percentage of] those wanting to play as male characters. I get it: Tons of people -- guys and girls alike -- play as female characters, and so the idea of a female-only cat-human hybrid suits their agenda to a tee. But what about those who play male characters and don't want to be stuck with the generic human, emo elf, or ridiculously-sized male-only stereotypical Incredible Hulk?
To be honest, I'm sick and tired of having to play a hulking man if I want to follow my own r/l gender; so you can imagine my first-glance enthusiasm at finding that there would be an inclusion of lithe, cat-like creatures that are both realistically-sized and unique enough that they're not a member of the bland **** sapiens. But after some more searching, it became evident to me that the Miqo'te race was going to host
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to make a HUGE deal of this -- it's not like this is going to stop me from playing -- it's just a disappointing fact that could've been amended instead of left out as in XI (aren't we trying to innovate -- why leave the races essentially the same?). While it leaves me far less satisfied than I -- and maybe some others who are tired of the same -- hoped to have been, I guess I'll just have to cave in and maybe...make a Lalafell...or try to make a guy Miqo'te by sizing the chest as flat as possible. But then there's the matter of having to wear the panties...as well as all the other female attire that comes with it. Oh, joy, a sexually-confused male Miqo'te with an unnatural growth hormone affecting his chest. D: That'll go down real well in RP.
Anyway, rambling aside, here's hoping XIV does great and SE decides to answer the tiny(?) pleas of players wanting a male version of Miqo'te by implementing them in a future expansion. It's time to break tradition and be creative, and that means making Fire Emblem's Ranulf your male Miqo'te mascot! (:P)
Thanks for reading / skimming. Anybody else a part of the minority here?