Final Fantasy 14's Balmung server is being protected by a barricade of catgirls.
Balmung is known for its roleplayers, notoriously of a more erotic kind, and has seen an influx of players visiting.
It's proof that roleplaying is a valid way of enjoying the immersive world of Final Fantasy 14. And although roleplayers aren't there for the pleasure of erotic travelling voyeurs, the catgirl army barricade is all playful, of course.
"I think a lot of the people at the blockade don't really care much about being gawked at, actually. A lot of them embrace Balmung's reputation and find it kind of funny that people are clamouring to come to our infamous server," said Rook, a Balmung player who spoke to PC Gamer.
"We like being extra."
IM FUCKING CRYING WE HAVE BUILT DEFENSES FOR THE BALMUNG UL'DAH QUICKSANDS pic.twitter.com/LAwJVl3lAc— 𝗦𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗧cream🍮✨ (@LionOfUldah) July 5, 2022
So my first DC travel I stopped over to Crystal to visit Sofie and check out the wonders of Uldah on Balmung— ✨ Crev ✨ (@CrevLMTV) July 7, 2022
Was not disappointed. pic.twitter.com/aVJpJKKmoJ
Balmung players have already been hit with controversy this week when a beach party event on the server was advertised using real-world billboards in America.
The advertisement included modded outfits, sparking outrage in the game's community.
There's even a protest taking place in-game.
Reporting in live at the FC house responsible for the #FFXIV Billboard ad in Balmung!— Pathra (@Pathra) July 6, 2022
We have tanks shooting directly at the house, Shibas barking loudly, Afro haired dudes stating that the pool is closed, while people are kept hostage inside the private mansion... It's crazy! 🤡 pic.twitter.com/yUYJ1Y8Wpk