Final Fantasy XIV Seemingly Nerfs Item That Gives Players 2B's Butt

On the left: 2B’s butt. On the right: the default butt.
Screenshot: Reddit

Final Fantasy XIV’s latest raid event, which pits 24 players against dangerous bosses, is a Nier-themed crossover complete with stylish gear to collect. A special set of armor mimicking Nier Automata protagonist 2B’s look is among one of the most coveted, partially because wearing it will “enhance” your character’s ass. Now, changes to that piece of gear have led to a spree of concern and ass-related speculation from players who want to have an ass like 2B.

The Copied Factory is the first of three Nier-themed “alliance raids” for Final Fantasy XIV. These are huge instances where players can battle beefy bosses and gain quality loot. The Copied Factory has a special loot drop at the end: a box containing a complete outfit that looks just like 2B’s. Included in the outfit are a pair of stockings and underwear that, when first released, made your character’s ass and thighs a little bigger when worn. It’s not much but it’s something. Final Fantasy XIV is many things, but it’s not a game with a diversity of body types to choose from. You can either be a supermodel or… okay, you can pretty much only be a supermodel. Seriously, I know it’s a lot of work but games really do need to work on body-type diversity. Having a piece of armor that affected your character’s body? Lots of folks were into that for, as you might imagine, a variety of reasons both wholesome and horny. But then, a recent patch stealthily flattened this item’s effects whenever certain items were worn along with it, to the dismay of ass fans everywhere.

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Players on Reddit and social media have rigorously scrutinized the ass situation, as I now have, making detailed comparisons of how the item reacts in certain contexts. The changes mostly stem from wearing tops of a certain length. To prevent a character’s rear from clipping through, it is essentially made flatter. You can observe the differences down below.

Concerned players might not need to worry too long. According to one concerned citizen who said they watched a lengthy (14 hours!) special broadcast featuring director Naoki Yoshida, the main issue for the FFXIV team was to do with how the item reacted when the player sat down, creating the clipping issue. According to the translation, the item will be be assessed and fixed in a future patch. Players will get their asses back.

Kotaku has reached out to the Square-Enix team but did not receive additional information in time for publication. I have a weird job.

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