Last year, Square Enix announced that there would be significant changes made to Final Fantasy 14's main story, in order to slim down the experience for new players. Today, it was revealed that these changes are coming in patch 5.3, the next patch for the MMO.
The announcement was made during a 'Letter From the Director' segment that airs from Final Fantasy 14's dev team every so often when there's an announcement to be made. Aside from streamlining the main scenario quests of A Realm Reborn (the base version of the game), you'll also be able to get around maps much quicker with the addition of flying.
Updates to A Realm Reborn #FFXIV Patch 5.3 includes an updated, more streamlined version of A Realm Reborn's main scenario quests as well as the much-awaited introduction of flying in ARR maps!— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) April 24, 2020
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These are some pretty impressive changes to Final Fantasy 14. The slimmed down main scenario is certainly welcome, especially to someone like me who recently tried to plough through the base game and got burned out after 30 hours or so. Likewise flying is a clever addition to get newcomers through the base game and onto the impressive expansions like Shadowbringers as quickly as possible.
Speaking of Shadowbringers, the latest expansion for Final Fantasy 14, there's a continuation of the Nier Automata crossover event with patch 5.3. The 'Yorha Dark Apocalypse' storyline, which started late last year with the introduction of the Copied Factory Raid, will be continue in some form with 'The Puppet's Bunker' in the new patch.
If you're after more Final Fantasy 14-related content, be sure to revisit our interview with game director Naoki Yoshida from earlier this year. We spoke to the ever-charismatic director about working with Blizzard, the end of the Shadowbringers campaign, and much more.