"Hello there! Or should I say, ‘hallo leg’? Just another casual Tuesday in the Final Fantasy 14 universe, where a pair of disembodied legs is kicking up a storm of theories about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game's next playable race.
Just in case you thought we were pulling your leg, the 6.5 patch of Final Fantasy 14, which sprung to life on October 4th, has caused quite the stir with its half-baked character. This intriguing addition caught dedicated MMO players' attention who are currently left scratching their heads. The obscured identity of the character, shown only from the waist down, has been a collective kick in the teeth for gamers striving to uncover the puzzle.
After ripping the 6.5 patch apart, a dauntless dataminer on Reddit discovered that the creators had pulled a fast one on their erudite audience. Where all expected to find a dormant top half, they met with the crushing reality – the curious character model is, quite literally, all trousers.
Some players have been taking this bottom-up approach, and have established that the leggy mystery might be hinting towards furry, possibly tailed future characters. Lower body analysis revealed a vacant space in the rear portion of the model where a tail could potentially sit, and to add to the fun, the leggy character model was found to be covered in hair.
In true 'Sherlock Holmes meets Big Foot' style, the Reddit post suggested that, had the character been presented in its full glory, it might have stood shoulder to shoulder with a female Highlander or a Female Roegadyn.
On top of the peculiarities, the leg model doesn't have the all-too-common sprinting ability, so no running away from this comedy of errors. The jumping animation though has been labeled as "distinctive", resembling that of a female Highlander and female Au Ra.
The cherry on top, or rather the flower on the leg for this case, is the speculation that there might be a chunky set of whiskers in the missing top half and a potentially flower-adorned derriere.
This hypothesized hairy monstrosity could potentially hint towards the impending graphic expansions happening in the Final Fantasy 14’s big 7.0 update. The update will present a ramped-up gaming experience for PC and PS5 players, as revealed by game director Naoki Yoshida. So, a bit of leg model fun might just be a precursor to more elaborate character models in the upgraded version.
One Reddit user humorously pointed out that developers must have planned this, knowing players can’t resist poking their nose in the game's internal mechanisms. This adds an extra layer of mystery, as the enigma may not be fully revealed until as late as 2024 when the Final Fantasy 14's patch 6.6 finally lands or when the Dawntrail expansion sees the light of day in the summer of the same year.
In a nutshell, be it the brewing of a new playable race, the presence of a notable Non-Player Character (NPC), or the announcement of a complete character model overhaul, there's a juicy theory for everyone. After all, 'tis the season for mind-bending mysteries, or as we like to say in the MMO world, the thrill of the game!"
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