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Announcing the Winners of the Gear Design Contest (Melee/Physical Ranged DPS)!

Once again, fashion designers from across the realm have gathered, this time to design their ideal gear for melee and physical ranged DPS. After a long and hard deliberation, we’re pleased to present the winners of the Gear Design Contest (Melee/Physical Ranged DPS), along with commentary from the Art Team Lead Takeo Suzuki.

All of the entries were astonishing, so be sure to check out the fine details and hard work each artist put into them! The two grand prize-winning entries will be implemented into the game!

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Melee Gear Designs

Grand Prize Winner (To be implemented)

DesignerJudge’s Comment

あるきゅ

Thank you to everyone who participated! We received many submissions in a variety of styles and designs, so we had a hard time deciding. We selected this entry as our grand prize winner for the true DPS feel, the simple yet cool design, and because it was something we really haven't seen before. From a development standpoint, creating a bodysuit type of design on a 3D model is difficult, but we would like to try our best to reproduce this cool design with a combination of the bodysuit and armor parts. Please look forward to the implementation!

Runners-up

DesignerJudge’s Comment

Akira

We liked how detailed the folds and ties of cloth materials are here, as well as the metallic forms. It seems like it would fit well with a close-range DPS that needs to move swiftly and attack.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

IcePak

The designer's concept of "happily punching things" was very interesting. We like the combination of celebratory attire with the horns - if I had to pick a single element, I'd like to at least create the horns.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Jurveyson

This set has a great combination of flashiness and vibrant color. I'd love to see this on a dragoon.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

MikazukiBlue

It's a nice design with the Bankara (a style worn in early twentieth century Japan by some students in gakuran, or their school uniform) mixed with fantasy that would be well liked globally. It's something we've never seen before, very cool.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

mins

This stylish look is different from existing samurai and ninja gear, and was remarkably good. The colors used in this design were also very beautiful.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

YA

I liked that rather than having a very dense design, the artist instead focused on the structure of each of the pieces to make it stand out. I would love to see this outfit on a female Au Ra.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

せな

The badass look is great. The pointy parts of the design, particularly on the arms, really bring out the overall shape of the gear. But if we make this then it might affect the gauntlet type weapons…
DesignerJudge’s Comment

ちょこまん

It's cute, plus all the additional ornaments added to the piece make it even better, a very fun concept indeed. It's something you'd like to see a Ninja wear and use "mug"!
DesignerJudge’s Comment

バニッシュデス

The Niou-Dasuki (referring to the rope design, a traditional Japanese clothing style) is really great and makes this design very pretty. The soft coloring choices add a level of cuteness to the design overall.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

ミシマル

I feel like this is something fans of superhero shows, or cat lovers, would love to see. It's very interesting to see these kinds of new concepts!

Ranged Physical DPS Designs

Grand Prize Winner (To be implemented)

DesignerJudge’s Comment

YA

We received many impressive ranged DPS entries, but ultimately chose this one as our winner for its excellent steampunk design! The cloth and metal textures can be affected by 3D lighting, and the cape and scarf have great potential for movement. We really like the detailing on the machine parts as well as the draping. We'll try to incorporate as much as possible from the original design, so please look forward to it!

Runners-up

DesignerJudge’s Comment

Athena

The way this gear feels both oriental and angelic/ethereal is great. I'm impressed by the effort and dedication put into including weapon designs as well.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Ilorien

This design feels like it comes from a culture that we have never seen before, which is great to see. We'd like to make gear that has this type of cultural feel in the future.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Jaa

The wild kind of outlaw style is awesome. We would definitely like to make more tattoo type equipment as well.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Kare

I like the beret with the mask and the how the outfit has many places to store items. I also like how the beret only covers one of the ears for Miqo'te!
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Kugishi

This design feels as if it's trying to say "I will fight you, but in style!"
I also like the detail on the female design where it shows off one leg.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Lastel

It's another Japanese design, but I like how it introduced a new silhouette. The gear also matches well with the style of the Japanese bow and gun, which is great to see.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

Vaultscout

I like how this gear makes the character look like something of a hunter in the wild, using material gathered from the things they hunted. I can feel the love put into the Au Ra too!
DesignerJudge’s Comment

あましき

This set is a blend of horror and cuteness in a way we really haven't seen before. I also think that the parts that change the appearance are very fun to look at.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

ぎん

It's a straightforward design, but I like the balance where the lower body is protected by armor plating while the upper body is light.
DesignerJudge’s Comment

せな

I like this overall design, but especially the attention to detail put into the patterns of the fabric and the hat.

Prizes

Grand Prize: 1 winner (for each category)

  • Implementation of the winner’s gear design into the game
  • A set of five (5) in-game items:
    Gaelicap / “Noble Barding” Chocobo barding / Mandragora Choker / Ahriman Choker / Bluebird Earring

Runners-up: 10 winners (for each category)

  • A set of five (5) in-game items:
    Gaelicap / “Noble Barding” Chocobo barding / Mandragora Choker / Ahriman Choker / Bluebird Earring
Gaelicap
“Noble Barding” Chocobo barding
Mandragora Choker
Ahriman Choker
Bluebird Earring

* The development team may make adjustments to the grand-prize-winning design.
* In the event that an entry other than the grand prize winning entry is deemed to be excellent, Square Enix may choose to implement it in the future.

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