Last night a treasure trove for World of Warcraft players dropped, as this close to BlizzCon, Blizzard dropped an 18-minute video showing what is coming in Update 8.3: Visions of N’Zoth. The patch is already on the beta servers and many are fiddling around and mining for story bits.
Visions of N’Zoth brings several new systems to Battle for Azeroth, while expanding some existing systems as we take the fight to the Old God N’Zoth.
Uldum and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be under periodic assault by Old God forces as N’Zoth tries to destroy Titan facilities in the region. These Assaults will see the zone overrun by N’Zoth’s Black Empire, filling the area with time-sensitive quests and various objectives for players to complete.
“When an Assault is active, the zone will overflow with powerful lieutenants of N’zoth, enemies to defeat, treasures to uncover, puzzles to solve, and much more,” game director Ion Hazzikostas said.
Taking part in Assaults will let players dive into a new feature called Horrific Visions. This appears to be built on the idea of The Deaths of Chromie as well as the Mage Tower: a single-player experience except you can bring a few friends along too, if you prefer playing in groups. These Horrific Visions show what N’Zoth would do to Orgrimmar and Stormwind if it won. The vision is taxing and players will be forced to flee as their minds are attacked. To help with this a new Legendary cape will be made and customised based on what you ferret out of the vision.
The raid will be a massive 12-boss affair set in The Waking City of Ny’alotha. We will see the full might of the Black Empire here, from their spawning pits to their training grounds and much worse.
The patch will also bring the next two Allied races: Vulpera for the Horde and Mechognomes for the Alliance. There is also work on the Auction House so that it is easier for all users: from power users down to occasional users.
There is a lot more in the patch, from improved Hearts of Azeroth to maybe changing the Titanforging system. It is a lot of information just before BlizzCon, which makes me wonder if the show will be used to do a deep dive into this content, or to show the next expansion.