New information for Final Fantasy  XIV: Shadowbringers fans, the next major update, Patch 5.3, titled, Reflections in Crystal is available now. This was following the most recent Letter from the Producer LIVE broadcast. The next major patch for the expansion continues on with the Shadowbringers storyline and also introduces the next chapter in the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid series.

The main scenario of the original game, A Realm Reborn, will also be streamlined in Patch 5.3 (see below for full details), offering an improved experience for new players as they advance in the campaign toward expansion content.

Additionally, for fans looking for more information, a bonus episode in the popular “The Creation of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers” series was announced, set to debut on the official Final Fantasy XIV Online YouTube Channel on Thursday 30th April. You will be able to check out this extra special episode focused on YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse. Listen to Naoki Yoshida, Yosuke Saito, and YOKO TARO discuss how the NieR collaboration came about, and what players should expect from future installments.

According to the press release,  if you are a new player to Final Fantasy XIV Online, you are invited to download a free trial to access content up to level 35, create up to eight playable characters, and experience the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on playtime. New players who wish to experience the free trial may register here: http://sqex.to/FFXIVFreeTrial.

Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida shared further details on content players will experience in Patch 5.3:

  • New Main Scenario Quests – The curtains rise for the final act of the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers main scenario questline.
  • Main Scenario Questline Update: A Realm RebornThe main scenario questline in A Realm Reborn will be reworked to give new players a more streamlined experience as they progress to Heavensward and beyond. Additionally, players will be able to fly in A Realm Reborn areas upon completion of “The Ultima Weapon” quest.
  • New YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse Alliance Raid – Following Patch 5.1’s The Copied Factory, this next NieR-inspired alliance raid, titled The Puppets Bunker will unravel further mysteries of the machine lifeforms on the First.
  • New Dungeon: The Heroes’ Gauntlet – Players can tackle this new challenge alongside fellow adventurers, or a party of non-player characters, using the Trust system.
  • New Trial: Parties of eight players can challenge this new challenging trial battle in both normal and extreme difficulties.
  • Save the Queen Questline Updates – Players can enhance weapons obtained in the first chapter of this ongoing quest series as they explore an all-new area. Additionally, new large-scale battle content will be added as part of the update.
  • New “Chronicles of a New Era” Quest: The Sorrow of Welt – Part of the ‘Weapon Series’ questline, players can enjoy a story-focused experience culminating in a special event battle.
  • Ishgard Restoration Update – The third phase of restoration begins following the efforts of the Skybuilders. Skybuilder Rankings return, with new items for players to craft and new achievements for top contributors to the restoration.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests – A new crafter-focused questline featuring the dwarves.
  • New Game+ Updates – The updated A Realm Reborn main scenario and other quests will be available for players to revisit while keeping your current character and level.
  • New Battle Content: Unreal Trials – Players will be able to challenge powered-up primals from earlier expansions that are ready to fight against level 80 heroes. Unreal Trials will feature one primal fight which will change with each patch, beginning with Shiva in Patch 5.3. Defeating the primal each week gives players the chance to complete a new mini-game, with those who emerge triumphant receiving tokens to exchange for prizes.
  • Crafter and Gatherer Updates – New custom deliveries, updates to Rowena’s House of Splendors, and an update to the Skysteel Tools questline headline several crafter and gatherer updates.
  • Job Adjustments for PvE and PvP, System Updates, and more.

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