Cloud's Fenrir bike from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was one of the few highlights of the film. It was a sleek looking dieselpunk machine featured throughout the movie. Well, Final Fantasy XIV fans were teased with the possibility of using the vehicle as a mount.
Unfortunately it appears as if the bike won't be making it into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn any time soon despite already being implemented into the game. Why? Because it's not compatible with the game's engine. You can see what it looks like rendered in-game thanks to an uploaded video from YouTuber MysticGamer, courtesy of DualShockers.
So how is a vehicle that's implemented into the game incompatible if it's already in the game? Well, it's not the looks or the structure, it's the mechanics. The bike looks great rendered in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and characters, as depicted in the video above, can easily sit on the bike and look natural while doing so. However, director Naoki Yoshida mentioned that the bike doesn't move very fast at all and is actually slower than what it's intended to be.
So why is the speed a problem? Or, more importantly, why not just speed up the top speed for the mount? They tried.
The issue is that when they speed up Cloud's Fenrir they run into massive problems with clipping, falling through the world, as well as issues with player characters getting ejected off the bike at certain speeds. In other words, the bike is just a glitchy mess if you plan on using it for anything more than sitting on a cliff side and looking cool to pose for pictures.
The physics of the Final Fantasy XIV's engine just aren't attuned for road vehicles. The game has a smorgasbord of mounts but they're all bipedal or quadrupeds that move at very specific speeds.
Of course, this doesn't mean that we won't be seeing the Fenrir make its way into the game at some point in the future. The bike as a paid mount in the cash shop would surely sell like crazy given a lot of gamers would probably pay an arm and a leg to get their hands on it.
Final Fantasy XIV could very well continue to growing and expanding well without the bike, but adding in iconic gear and mounts from other Final Fantasy games really adds to the overall appeal of the MMO.
Square Enix managed to hit some success with the title after the MMO relaunched, following a disastrous initial launch that was broken and highly unplayable. The game was completely reworked and rebooted as A Realm Reborn and ever since it's been quite popular as an MMO with a stable consumer base, especially following the Heavensward expansion.
Hopefully some time in the future we'll see Cloud's Fenrir from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children make an appearance.