Square Enix shares exciting news this week for Final Fantasy XIV Online

Square Enix shares exciting news this week for Final Fantasy XIV Online

Today, Square Enix announces that the highly acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online now has over 20 million registered players in total. In addition, new details and a trailer for the next major update have been released, following the most recent Letter from the Producer LIVE broadcast.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is the third expansion to Final Fantasy XIV Online. It has been critically acclaimed and highly rated since its release in July 2019. The expansion includes beautiful new environments, the new gunbreaker and dancer jobs, the Hrothgar and Viera varieties, the Trust system, and much more to provide hundreds of hours of content to both old and new players.

The next update (patch 5.3), titled Reflections in Crystal, will be released on August 11, offering new players the ideal opportunity to dive into Final Fantasy XIV Online. Producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced that the experience of the original game’s main questline, A Realm Reborn, has been streamlined. Newcomers to Final Fantasy XIV Online can enjoy a free trial experience with all of ‘A Realm Reborn’ content and that up to level 60. There’s also free-to-play content that delivers hundreds of hours of the award-winning gameplay and narrative experiences for players to enjoy for as long as they want.

 In addition, all existing and future A Realm Reborn players will have access to the complete the Heavensward expansion and all the benefits it brings.

Patch 5.3 also provides existing players with many new challenges, including the final of the Shadowbringers storyline, the next chapter in the NieR-inspired YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid series, and more.

Check out the trailer for this new and upcoming update down below! More, detailed, information for patch 5.3 can be found under the video.

  • New main scenario quests: players can enjoy the final part of the main story of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, as the Scions attempt to thwart Ascian Elidibus’s dark plans.
  • Main scenario questline update: A Realm Reborn: A Realm Reborn’s main questline is tweaked to provide new players with a more streamlined experience as they follow the story that leads to Heavensward. In addition, after completing the Ultimate Weapon quest, players can use flying mounts to explore the skies of A Realm Reborn.
  • Extensive free trial: the free trial allows players up to level 60 to enjoy all content, including the Heavensward content, an additional playable race (Au Ra), and three additional playable jobs (Dark Knight, Astrologian and Machinist).
  • New YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse Alliance Raid: the white-cloaked Android 2P is finally waking up, as is an unforeseen evil that strikes Komra in the next chapter of this NieR-inspired alliance raid, The Puppets’ Bunker.
  • Save the Queen questline updates (patch 5.35): players can further enhance the weapons they received in the first chapter of this quest series as they explore the Bozjan Southern Front, a new area where the Bozjan Resistance has started Operation Eagle’s Nest to reclaim the Alermuc Fortress from the Empire.
  • New “Chronicles of a New Era” quest: The Sorrow of Werlyt: this mission of the “Weapon Series” questline allows players to enjoy a narrative experience that culminates in a special combat event.
  • New Dungeon: The Heroes’ Gauntlet: all of Norvrandt has turned into a battlefield for the Warriors of Darkness to fight their way through. Players can take on this new challenge with other adventurers, or a team of computer-controlled characters, using the Trust system.
  • New Trial: a terrifying new enemy with unimaginable power will test the Warriors of Darkness at normal and extreme levels.
  • New Beast Tribe quests: a new crafters-focused questline starring the dwarves.
  • New game + updates: the updated main scenario of A Realm Reborn and other quests will become available to returning players, who can keep their current character and level.
  • New battle content: Unreal Trials: players can take on stronger versions of existing primals primed to battle level 80 heroes. The Unreal Trials include one primal battle that will change with each patch, starting with Shiva in Patch 5.3. Every week that players beat the primal, they get the chance to complete a new mini-game, which allows them to win tokens to exchange at prizes.
  • Ishgard Restoration update (patch 5.31): the third restoration phase begins, following the work of the Skybuilders. In addition, the Skybuilder Rankings return, with new items to craft and new achievements for the best contributions to the restoration work.
  • Crafters and Gatherers update: new custom deliveries, updates to Rowena’s House of Splendors, and an update to the Skysteel Tools questline are the main updates for crafters and gatherers. In addition, the search function for recipes is improved for more ease of use.
  • Collaboration with YO-KAI WATCH returns: the YO-KAI WATCH collaboration event, Gather One, Gather All, returns to Final Fantasy XIV Online on August 19, bringing new rewards.
  • Job adjustments for PvE and PvP, system updates, and more.
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