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Letter from the Producer LIVE LVIII Summary

24 Apr 2020

Earlier this morning, Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida took to the internet to stream the latest installment of Letter from the Producer LIVE which introduced us to the first batch of information regarding Patch 5.3.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers patch 5.3 will be titled Reflections in Crystal.

The patch was originally set to release in mid-June. Progress on the patch was around 70% complete when the order to work from home was made. Voice recording for the patch was done from home and the development team has taken their office computers home as they work on the infrastructure to make working from home easier. Because of everything, the patch has been delayed and is currently looking like it may release by July or August.

  • New Main Scenario Quests
    • Conclusion to the Shadowbringers story
      • In accordance with changes to main scenario quests in A Realm Reborn, players must complete the Crystal Tower quest series, and the quest “My Little Chocobo.”
  • New Instanced Dungeon
    • The Heroes’ Gauntlet
      • Trust system compatible
  • New Tribe Quests
    • Dwarves
      • Focus on crafting
  • New Chronicles of a New Era Quests
    • The Sorrow of Werlyt
      • Story-focused
      • Includes instanced encounter
      • No trial this installment
  • New Trials
    • Secret!
    • Secret! Extreme
  • New Alliance Raid Dungeon
    • YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse Chapter 02 The Puppets’ Bunker
  • Job Adjustments
    • PvE Adjustments
    • PvP Adjustments
      • Daily Challenge: Frontline will now include all Frontline campaigns
  • Resistance Weapon Quest Updates
    • First step in upgrading weapons
    • Includes a new large-scale instance: The Bozjan Southern Front
    • Take to the field as the tale of the Resistance unfolds! (Details to come in part 2 (the next Live Letter))
  • Crafter and Gatherer Updates
    • Trial Synthesis
    • It will be possible to search for recipes using ingredients in the inventory
    • New custom delivery client
    • Changes to the collectables system
      • A set list of items will be applicable for turn-in
      • Like custom delivers, crafted/gathered items will be used only for collectables.
  • Ishgardian Restoration Update
    • The Restoration enters its third phase
    • Skybuilder Rankings reopen
      • New items will count towards your skyward score.
      • Top ranked players will receive special achievements and titles.
  • Skysteel Tools Update
    • Further enhancements for Skysteel tools available
  • Main Scenario Revamp
    • Main scenario quests for A Realm Reborn streamlined (Patches 2.0 through 2.5)
    • Additional experience points and gear have been added to quests, ensuring a smoother journey for new players progressing to Heavensward
    • The Crystal Tower quest series and the quest “My Little Chocobo” must be completed to progress through main scenario
  • Flying mounts allowed in ARR areas
    • Players must first complete the main scenario quest “The Ultimate Weapon.”
    • Chocobo companions will also gain the ability to fly at this point. (The quest “I believe I can Fly” has been removed)
    • Mounts cannot enter bodies of water
      • Due to these changes, players will no longer be able to climb certain scenery.
  • Unreal Trials and Faux Hollows
    • New trial difficulty and new mini-game
    • Battle primals synced to level 80
    • Patch 5.3: The Akh Afah Ampitheatre (Unreal). (1 trial per patch, each for a limited time)
    • Relive the intensity of early trials with these challenging battles!
    • Complete Unreal trials to earn the chance to play the Faux Hollows mini-game once per week.
  • Miscellaneous Updates
    • A party of players will be able to join another party via the party finder.
    • New chapters will be added to New Game +
    • New token exchange vendors will be added to major cities.
    • A new menu for parasols will be added.