World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is nearing its end. A couple of weeks ago, players had a chance to experience the conclusion of the War Campaign in 8.2.5 and now Blizzard is shedding some light on the status of 8.3 – the final patch of the latest World of Warcraft expansion. 8.3 brings the might of Old God in Visions of N’zoth.
In a special video presentation from the game’s director Ion Hazzikostas, we learned a lot about the new content update which is already live on PTR (Public Test Realm). If you can spare 18 minutes of your life be sure to check out the video below. If not, read on as we list all the new features coming to the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
Probably the highlight of the upcoming Visions of N’Zoth update is the new Assaults feature which will take players back to the forgotten Titan facilities in Uldum and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. These assaults will work similarly to the Legion’s Assaults and will present limited-time events where players will have to clean the corruption of the Old God. Players will have to fight off N’zoth’s minions, uncover various new secrets and, of course, earn powerful new rewards.
In addition to these new world events, Visions of N’zoth will also introduce a new solo/co-op challenge called Horrific Visions, which was inspired by a very popular Legion feature, Mage Tower. Players will get a chance to play through special scripted scenarios set in alternate versions of Orgrimmar and Stormwind. By playing these scenarios, you will reconnect with Wrathion, a son of Deathwing, and earn cool new rewards (including a new Legendary cloak). According to Ion, while Horrific Visions are designed with one player in mind, the content will scale up seamlessly if you decide to clear it in a group.
The new raid
As always, the new major content update brings yet another raid for PvE fans. The new 12-boss raid will be called Ny’alotha – The Waking City and will give players a chance to tackle a new set of original bosses (we hope to see a revived Azshara as well) culminating with a fight against the Old God himself.
If you’re not into the end-game goodies and content, you’ll be pleased to know that Visions of N’Zoth also brings two new races for the game. The Horde will be able to play as a Vol’Dun’s Vulpera while the Alliance side will be able to recruit Mechagnomes from the Mechagon. In order to unlock these races, you will need to be Exalted with the required faction and complete a short quest.
Furthermore, there’s the additional quality of life changes that might change the way World of Warcraft works. First up is the auction house which will get a complete overhaul, this should improve the experience for buying and selling goods there. Second, Ion mentioned that the team is looking into the Titanforging mechanic which was a source of complaint for many years now. While the changes were not specified, it’s nice to know that Blizzard is finally looking into it.
Finally, Visions of N’zoth will bring a ton of other cool bits of fresh content – the new PvP season, fresh new affix for Mythic dungeons, new Heritage Armor quests for Goblins and Worgens, and more…
8.3 Vision’s of N’zoth currently has no official launch date, but fans of the game can expect a patch to drop sometime before the BlizzCon 2019 which kicks off on November 1st. Hmmm… Battle for Azeroth’s final patch a month before the BlizzCon? Surely, we’re getting a new World of Warcraft expansion announcement during the show.