Sydney Gaymers will be collaborating with players of the game to make the float.

Final Fantasy XIV will be the first video game to collaborate on a float for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Players of the game will be making the float with the Sydney Gaymers, created under the title Realms United.

Final Fantasy XIV launched back in 2010 as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and last year the game boasted over 14 million accounts.

Peak Distapan, the organiser for Sydney Gaymers said: “Sydney Gaymers is thrilled to be collaborating with Final Fantasy XIV Online for its 2019 float entry, titled Realms United.

“It means so much to receive direct support, validation and acknowledgement from such a force in the industry. Not only that, to be supported by a game where so much of our community and values are represented.

“The Final Fantasy XIV Online community does not discriminate and respects everyone’s freedom and their individual values equally. For many LGBTQI+ people, online communities provide a space for the journey and exploration of personal identities.

“They allow us to connect, and celebrate, and they reinforce that we are not alone. Sydney Gaymers could not have a better sponsor to help create the most ambitious float it has ever undertaken.”

Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director for Final Fantasy XIV said: “This collaboration could never have been realised without the efforts of our community.

“When FFXIV took part in PAX Australia, it was the FFXIV players in Australia who offered us the greatest welcome and utmost support. This led on to our community and Sydney Gaymers working together to make the collaboration a reality.

“To see it makes me very happy indeed, both as the person in charge of FFXIV and also as just another player of the game. FFXIV is another world that continues to grow and expand online.

“In that world people become adventurers, known as the Warriors of Light, and can continue to be free. I would like to continue developing this world, hand in hand with communities across the globe.”

More details about the float will be released soon.