I remember all the racism in FFXI, and how hilarious it was. When I read that race would now make a statistical difference, I'll admit that I was pleased. Knowing that your race will give you even a slight edge, adds something to the immersion factor, in my opinion. I'm hoping there is also a sense of nationalism as well. As a lolHume from Bastok,having to do a ridiculous quest in FFXI to enter the catacombs under Windurst made sense.
I do hope that I dont get the short end of the stick as far as animations go however. Hume Ranger...looking like a fool with your pants on the ground..I still feel the shame.
For years, even after I'd changed my allegiance to San d'Oria, the guard in front of the mog house in Sandy would yell at me any time I changed my Rent a Room back there, "Now move along, foreigner!"
Although I don't mind that they discarded the formal rent a room system (now you can just zone straight into any mog house without changing your location there), I kind of miss getting yelled at by that guard every time.
Let's see if we can list all the racial relationships in XI:
Humes enslaved Galka and think they're stupid animals
Galka hate humes because they enslaved them and Humes are lazy and take credit for Galka deeds
Tarutaru hate Elvaan because they tried to invade their lands centuries ago. Also, because Elvaan use Taru for football practice.
Elvaan hate Tarutaru because they also tried to invade their lands.
Actually, the Elvaan dislike almost everyone outside of their own tribe,
Mithra distrust everyone
to some extent, even the Tarutaru, with whom they are on friendly terms otherwise.
(Then again, the Mithra don't trust each other that much either, and regularly assassinate each other.)
Humes and Elvaan kind of sort of get along with each other, and can even produce viable offspring together, unlike other racial combinations.
Galka and Tarutaru kind of sort of get along with each other. Tarutaru don't treat the Galka like stupid beasts, and the Galka admire the Taru's genuine intelligence and curiosity.