Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.3, Reflections in Crystal, is live today

    
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Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.3, Reflections in Crystal, is live today

It’s been a long wait for players (two months more than expected, even), but the latest Final Fantasy XIV patch is finally live today. You know we’ve talked about it a lot lately, of course, but there are even the real no-fooling full patch notes out now. Assuming, of course, that you’re not already in the game and exploring the new content for yourself. Then you’d already know it.

The centerpiece of the patch is naturally the continuation of the game’s main story, wrapping up the main action on the First (allegedly) and bringing with it a new dungeon and a new trial. Players also have a new alliance raid in the Puppet’s Bunker, new Dwarf tribe quests, a new custom delivery NPC, and flight added to the original game zones at long last. Check out the full patch notes if you’re stuck away from the game at the moment, or hop in and start wrapping up some storylines.

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Greaterdivinity

Bummed that I can’t use my old account with the free trial, but whipped up a new one because why not. Yay for being back in FFXIV again, my catgirl shall do all the tanking and healing.

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Giggilybits

I have to say their login/account system is really messed up. Cant login to the free trial with my free trial account. You have a square enix account/mog account. Terrible system.

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fester1

I’m with agemyth on this, but with Heavensward. Made it to L56 before the pointless, multiple step fetch quests drove me away.

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agemyth 😩

Has anyone gone through the trouble of documenting what the whole of the streamlining of ARR content is? The patch notes are frustratingly vague for someone who this change will determine if I will play the game again or not.

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Bereman

That’s almost certainly something that will require someone to play through the new version and compare, which is definitely happening, at least in terms of detailed changes.

Until those get put together, it’s pretty much what we’ve been told, that around 13% of quests were removed (from the MSQ and changed to side quests, based on an interview) and the rest had steps streamlined to make the whole thing overall shorter.

What it *isn’t* we also know, and that’s removal of any entire story arc, so things like the Company of Heroes is still in, just should be a lot less tedious to get through.

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Scott Leyes

I decided (for a variety of reasons) to blaze through the new MSQ as soon as the patch hit at 2 am – and O M G it is good!

No spoilers here, just let me warn you to have tissues handy.

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Armsman

I only made it past the first Solo Duty this morning after patching (I was awake at 3:30 AM due to being an ‘older gentkemen – and having to make a particular run to a certain room ;)) and figured WTH, I’d at least patch – but yeah decided to at least start the new MSQ before I had to head into work (yeah, listed as an ‘Essential Worker’ in my job); and I didn’t see the need for tissues. In fact Elidibus seems like your standard A-Hole Ascian so far even after that duty.

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Jeremy Barnes

**redacted**

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Dagget Burmese

The ending of the Shadowbringers section was magnificent, I’m still not sold on the pivot to future content afterwards .