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New hairstyles for Final Fantasy 14’s cat-like Hrothgar race cause their ears to disappear, sparking outrage and disappointment among fans.

After three years since their addition to Shadowbringers, Final Fantasy 14 is finally adding new hairstyles to the Hrothgar race. Unfortunately, these hairstyles came with an unexpected price for these cat-like characters–their prominent ears are removed while using them.

The new hairstyles are ones previously available to characters of the other playable races in Final Fantasy 14. However, because of the way the Hrothgar’s head structure was designed, implementing their ears with the hairstyles proved to be a significant amount of work. Instead of delaying further, Square Enix decided to instead remove their ears entirely with these new hairstyles, allowing them to prepare several for the upcoming patch.

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Many fans initially thought the hairstyles were a joke since they were revealed during Final Fantasy 14’s Live Letter on April 1st but were dismayed to find the hairstyles were releasing in such a state. They cited the long wait and attention the Viera race–initially added at the same time as the Hrothgar–has received as unfair. Many felt insulted by what they saw as a lazy solution and disliked how bizarre it made the Hrothgar silhouettes look.

However, Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida has already stated that the development team hears the criticism over the Hrothgar’s missing ears. Restoring the ears is possible, but it would take a significant amount of work, which would limit the number of new hairstyles Final Fantasy 14 could add to the Hrothgar.

To make matters worse, the preliminary patch notes stated these new Hrothgar hairstyles could only be accessed during character creation in Final Fantasy 14 or while using a Fantasia. However, it made no mention of the Aesthetician–Final Fantasy 14’s in-game salon which allows hairstyle changes for a small fee of gil, versus $10 for a Fantasia. This, at least, was an error; the full patch notes fixed this omission, clarifying that the hairstyles could be selected at the Aesthetician.

Unfortunately, Hrothgar is one of the least played races in Final Fantasy 14, next to Roegadyn and Elezen. This means Final Fantasy 14 will inevitably place a lower priority on fixing these issues than they would for other parts of the game that might affect a larger percentage of players. For the time being, Hrothgar fans will have to be patient–but should politely voice their opinions so Yoshida and the rest of the Final Fantasy 14 team continue to hear them.

Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker is available now for PC, PS4, and PS5.

MORE: Final Fantasy 14: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hrothgar

Source: Final Fantasy XIV



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