The next update for the Square Enix MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV comes in the form of patch 5.3, subtitled Reflections in Crystal. It has been detailed by director/producer Naoki Yoshida and community manager Toshio Murouchi in the latest Letter From The Producer livestream, and like most FFXIV updates, it’s going to be huge. The upcoming patch includes the anticipated major overhaul for the base game A Realm Reborn, new main quests that continue the FFXIV’s story, new boss fights, and the next chapter in the Nier Automata crossover raid series YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse.
This next wave of main story quests will conclude the Shadowbringers expansion’s narrative arc and will have heavy story implications (as hinted by the revealed screenshots). 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.
Key art for “Reflections in Crystal” in FFXIV patch 5.3.
All players who have not completed the 24-player alliance raid series “The Crystal Tower” will be required to do so at some point before continuing the main story in the 5.3 update, and the game will notify players of this. Regardless, that raid series will be mandatory for those who look to finish the the base game for the first time when the patch hits since it’s directly tied to the Shadowbringers narrative arc.