Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV's free trial will be expanded with new content, including the Heavensward expansion. In addition to this news, the upcoming Patch 5.3, titled "Reflections in Crystal", has a release date and a new trailer, which commemorates the game reaching 20 million players. It'll launch across all platforms on August 11th.
What is now included in Final Fantasy XIV's free trial?
If you pick up a free trial for Final Fantasy XIV now, you'll be able to play all the way up to level 60 as well as experiencing all the content the Heavensward expansion has to offer. As well as this level increase, you'll also gain access to the Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist jobs and be able to play as the Au Ra race. All of these character options were originally introduced as part of Heavensward. If you own A Realm Reborn's starter edition, you'll be automatically upgraded to Heavensward and be able to access all of this content as well. Remember that FFXIV's free trial isn't time-limited, so you can try as many jobs as you like up to level 60 now.
What's coming in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.3?
Patch 5.3, "Reflections in Crystal", brings a bunch of new stuff to Final Fantasy XIV. You'll find some new main scenario quests included which revolve around Elidibus and the Scions. A new dungeon, The Heroes' Gauntlet, is coming, as well as a new Mystery Trial which features a "fearsome new foe possessed of immeasurable might". There's also a new Nier: Automata-themed Alliance Raid in the form of YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse: The Puppets' Bunker.
Gaius Baelsar's saga continues in The Sorrow of Werlyt, which sees players confronting the Empire and putting a stop to the Weapon project. You can expect new Custom Deliveries, extra Beast Tribe quests, and more Save the Queen content, as well as a new Battlefield and updates to some old-school A Realm Reborn areas. The full notes for Patch 5.3 can be found right here.
Are you excited to check out Patch 5.3 for Final Fantasy XIV? Will you be trying out the game for the first time with this new free trial? Let us know in the comments below!