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Final Fantasy 14 is bringing the Shadowbringers expansion’s story to its conclusion with Patch 5.3 while also adding some new quests to the NieR-inspired YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse story.

Final Fantasy 14 is receiving a substantial update with today’s 5.3 patch, titled Reflections in Crystal. On top of offering a series of updates for the game’s quests, side quests, jobs, classes, and everything else, this looks to be a milestone patch for Square Enix’s long-running MMORPG. This will be the patch that brings the Shadowbringers storyline to its conclusion.

The final line of main quests for Shadowbringers will start off with In the Name of the Light, which will be accessible to players at Disciple of War or Magic level 80 or above. The remaining quests are all shrouded in mystery, likely in order to avoid story spoilers. There are 11 other missions following In the Name of the Light, all of which will bring this epic expansion to an end.

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That’s not all, as far as story content goes, though. Additional quests have been added to the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse storyline. If you’ve been following this story, this is the line of quests that ties in with Square Enix sister series NieR, penned by series producers Yosuke Saito and Yoko Taro. Three more missions are now available, starting with We Can Rebuild Her, which requires players to be at Disciple of War or Magic level 80 or above.

As one might imagine, there’s a lot for current players, mainly those who own the Shadowbringers expansion, to dive into. But what if you’re a new player who thinks this whole Final Fantasy MMORPG thing looks like fun? Square Enix is lowering the barrier of entry for newcomers by expanding the free trial period significantly.

As we noted back in July, the Final Fantasy 14 free trial will now encapsule the entirety of the A Realm Reborn campaign and now include the full Heavensward expansion, which takes players through Patch 3.56. The level cap is being increased all the way up to Level 60 and allows for players to try out up to 13 jobs and classes, including the Dark Knight, Machinist, and Astrologian from Heavensward. All players are also free to explore the full Palace of the Dead all the way through the deepest floor.

Those new players will likely have a lot of catching up to do if they hope to eventually reach Shadowbringers content. Fortunately, Square Enix is streamlining the main questline in order to cut straight to the chase and get players the critical quest points before getting them up to speed. And if you want to traverse the world of A Realm Reborn a little faster, the flying mounts from Heavensward can now be taken anywhere in A Realm Reborn.

The full update notes for Patch 5.3 can be found on the Final Fantasy 14 Lodestone. If you want to learn more about the making of Shadowbringers, why not revisit our lovely PAX 2019 interview and learn more about what went into this acclaimed expansion?

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

Source: https://www.shacknews.com/article/119730/final-fantasy-14-patch-53-brings-shadowbringers-story-to-a-close

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BlizzCon will return as an online-only event in February 2021

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After cancelling this year’s BlizzCon convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard has announced that it will hold a replacement show online. BlizzConline (yep) will be held on February 19th-20th, 2021 with all the latest news around its popular franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft.

Blizzard announced major new titles at BlizzCon 2019, including Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, so we’ll likely get some updates about those. It will also hold a “Community Showcase” that will allow “cosplay crafters, artists, and other community creators to participate in the show and put their talent on display through a mix of world-class competition and exciting exhibitions,” Blizzard wrote.

Those activities might not be as fun online as in-person, but as Blizzard notes, they’ll be more accessible, as gamers from around the world can tune in. The company said it it still has a lot of planning to do and that it would be “some time” before it can reveal more details.

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Microsoft keeps the same price for its new wireless Xbox controllers

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On Tuesday morning Microsoft will start taking pre-orders for its next-generation console family, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. While the consoles will work with existing Xbox One gamepads, if you want a second Xbox Wireless Controller to maintain the subtle tweaks, low latency connection and dedicated Share button shown off in March, it will cost $60. That’s the same price as its predecessor, and, as Microsoft had confirmed previously, still means it uses AA batteries right out of the box.

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If you’d prefer a play-and-charge solution, Microsoft is selling a rechargeable battery pack and USB-C cable combo for $25, all set for delivery on November 10th along with the new consoles. Sony’s DualSense PS5 gamepad, by comparison, costs $70, but comes with its rechargeable battery built-in. While the Series X comes with an all-black controller and the Series S comes with one that’s all-white, Microsoft will also sell a two-toned Shock Blue version at launch.

The other Xbox accessory we’d like to know more about — that Seagate 1TB expansion SSD — still remains without a price.

Whether or not you’re upgrading to the new systems right away, Microsoft announced that its Xbox Design Lab will go away temporarily on October 14th, so if you’d like to put together a custom controller, then now is the time. It’s supposed to come back in 2021 in an upgraded form, but we don’t have any details on the changes just yet.

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Evening Reading – September 18, 2020

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Good evening Shacknews, it’s finally Friday night. I made it. You made it. We made it. What a week it’s been. There has been a metric tonne of news announced this week, covering all sides of the games industry. It’s a great time to be a gamer, and it’s only going to get better as the year goes on. Now, how about we take a little stroll together across some of our articles here on Shacknews and then take a look at what’s going on around the internet?


In case you missed it at Shacknews:


And now… Other Stuff From The Internet!!!

This time, correlation is 100% causation

There’s a bigger secret happening here. Perhaps IHOP is making bigfoots?


Ruth Bader Ginsberg has passed away

Though many will be sad, now is the time to tap into the anger. Go out and vote. Go out and vote like your life depends on it, because it does.


Aliens confirmed

Cyberpunk really does have it all.


Master of Sneak

Okay. That’s it. I’m getting Among Us.


For the 21yo gamers

I hear it comes with a side of Doritos and an XP bonus for Halo or Call of Duty, dealer’s choice.


Xbox/PS or sheep-thing

I assume the sheep is a Pokeman.


And now, Spelunky 2 death montage!

Phew. That’s a lot of shenanigans.


Price stalemate

Save $100 and lose a disc drive. Worth it? Maybe. Come and tell us what you think of the most recent PlayStation 5 showcase.


Any guesses on what the next PlayStation will be called?

My money’s on PlayStation 6.


Princess Toe-Beans and Beemo

These are Blake’s adorable kitties. Aren’t they cute!


There you have it, Shacknews, your Evening Reading for September 18, 2020. Please consider subscribing to Shacknews Mercury to support our site for as little as $1/month. Here’s a photo of Rad and me for your viewing pleasure! He’s getting to be a big boy these days. Maybe next week I’ll share some photos from when he was but a wee kitty.

What are you up to tonight? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below.

Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler is relatively new to the industry, getting his start a few years ago as a writer-for-hire. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and finding his feet, he’s found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There’s nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 

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