Square Enix has released new details for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers patch 5.3, which is titled Reflections in Crystal. Patch 5.3 has been detailed by the game’s director Naoki Yoshida, and it has been confirmed that the next update will continue the Nier crossover event through the Alliance raid titled The Puppets Bunker. In addition, the main questline of A Realm Reborn will be streamlined further so players can reach Heavensward faster than previously. There will be new mainline Shadowbringers quests and a new dungeon which is called The Heroes’ Gauntlet. There will also be more Save The Queen questline updates including new large scale battle features. New Game + is also available so players can go back to previous parts of the game at their current level and with their current character.
Full details have been listed below.
●New Main Scenario Quests – The curtains raise for the final act of the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers main scenario questline.
●Main Scenario Questline Update: A Realm Reborn – The 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-inspiered 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 Ruby Weapon series, 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, withnew 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 are now 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.
Source: Press Release