It’s been just over a month since the release of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara. With the update came some interesting developer notes, in which Blizzard revealed the key features coming in 8.2.5 later this year.
Fan-favorite the Firelands raid part of the Cataclysm expansion is returning for the 8.2.5 patch, making it the third raid being revisited via the Timewalking system. Following on from Black Temple from Burning Crusade and Ulduar from Wrath of the Lich King.
After the 8.2.5 path, the Firelands will be available for a week every couple of months. To simulate the classic World of Warcraft experience, players will get scaled down before entering, the Firelands.
As well as revitalizing the Firelands in 8.2.5, Worgen and Goblin races are finally getting the long discussed model updates. Characters of those two races will be updated to look and animate much better than they currently do.
8.2.5 will also mark World of Warcraft turning 15 years old. To celebrate players will have the ability to earn a new Deathwing inspired mount, the ‘Obsidian Worldbreaker’ as a reward for completing three old raids and defeating nine bosses. Two faction-specific mounts can also be earned by playing an old PvP battleground during the event.
Also featuring in the 8.2.5 update is the new Party Sync feature. While we’re not entirely sure on the specifics of how it’ll work, Blizzard describes it like this:
When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest.
Although the basics of this functionality are found in the game already Party Sync seems to finesse the system. As part of this new feature, Blizzard will offer players the chance to repeat old quests when playing with friends for level-appropriate rewards. The Recruit A Friend feature will also return after its short hiatus.
With the 8.2.5 patch on the horizon there will be more details to surface, but as of the publishing of this article, Blizzard has yet to update the beta environment. Patch 8.2.5 is coined to release before World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary in November. Let us know what you think about the 8.5.2 update in the comments below.