Getting into an MMORPG is a massive time investment, and Final Fantasy XIV is no exception. It can take hundreds of hours to make it through the basic story quests, which can be a big roadblock to new players – especially those who’ve heard that the real good stuff is in the expansions. (It’s me. I’m talking about myself.)
The developers are aware of the problem, and they plan to trim back the massive collection of quests in A Realm Reborn. In the latest Letter from the Producer livestream, the studio says (via Polygon) “we’re working on adjusting the A Realm Reborn main scenario to be more compact, and are aiming for patch 5.3.”
There’s no guarantee of when patch 5.3 will launch, but .3 updates have tended to come around a year after the launch of an expansion. That would put 5.3 out in July 2020, one year after the Shadowbringers release date. So if you’ve been holding out on getting into FFXIV, that might be the date you’re looking for.
If you’re current on Shadowbringers content, however, you might already be looking ahead to patch 5.1 – which now officially will mark the beginning of the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse raid.
In the meantime, we just need to come up with a proper name for the shortened ARR. A Realm Recut? A Realm Reduced?