Square Enix has released today some character concept art for race-specific equipment for the Hyur and Miqo'te, originally shown at France's Japan Expo. Here's what Yoshida had to say on the subject:
The sense of uniqueness among the races has been pretty weak in the game up till now, and there hasn’t been much to draw associations with or to symbolize each of them. But I think there has to be some kind of unique identity for each. I mean, these are your avatars. They are you in-game, and that’s saying something. So we’re going to be taking care of that identity issue in version 2.0.
The artwork below shows off new gear for only the Hyur and Miqo'te, but Yoshida promises that all races will be receiving equal treatment for 2.0!
Over the course of some one thousand years and three great migratory waves, the Hyur have become the most populous of the civilized races in Eorzea. The Hyur champion personal freedom and liberty, and their mastery of various languages and traditions lends to their diverse heritage―as is their resulting lack of a unified cultural identity.
Though their presence in Eorzea is lesser than that of the other races, the Miqo'te are easily distinguished by their large, projecting ears and restless, feline tails. Their ancestors first migrated to the realm during the Age of Endless Frost in the Fifth Umbral Era by traversing frozen seas in pursuit of wildlife for sustenance. Instinctual territoriality causes many among them to lead solitary lifestyles. Males in particular are said to shy from contact.
With the devotion and care that's being put into each aspect of FFXIV's restructuring, the same essence of quality you see in the Final Fantasy series as a whole is being recaptured. For full outlines of the 2.0 rebuilding process, check out http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/teaser/!