Final Fantasy 14 Patch 5.3 Summary: End Of Shadowbringers, Next Nier Automata Raid, Free Trial, And More

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Editor's note (July 22, 2020): This article was originally published on April 24, 2020 and has been updated to reflect the latest news on FFXIV patch 5.3.

The next update for the Square Enix MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV comes in the form of patch 5.3, subtitled Reflections in Crystal. It was first detailed by director/producer Naoki Yoshida and community manager Toshio Murouchi in the Letter From The Producer livestream from April, and the latest livestream revealed the 5.3 trailer while going in-depth on the upcoming content. The new main scenario quests will serve as a closer for the Shadowbringers narrative arc with the Crystal Exarch at the center of what seems to be a dramatic conclusion. You can watch the trailer below, but be warned, it may spoil a few aspects of the Shadowbringers story.

A new instanced four-player dungeon, called The Heroes' Gauntlet, will be included--it will work with the Trust system, which lets you run it alongside NPCs from the story as AI companions to fill the necessary roles. There's going to be another trial boss fight tied to the main story as well, but it wasn't revealed as to not spoil the surprise.

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