World of Warcraft: Shadowlands finishes after just two major patches, Blizzard revealed during a developer stream Thursday afternoon.
World of Warcraft patch 9.2, Eternity’s End, will see players chase the fully equipped Jailer into Zereth Mortis, a new area of Shadowlands. This new zone is where they first built many of the afterlife mechanisms and creatures that players have encountered since Shadowlands‘launch. And this is where they will take one last showdown with the prison guard himself.
There will of course be new prey to unlock in Zereth Mortis, and players will have to translate an old language to uncover new rewards and answers to some burning questions. Eternity’s End will also include all the usual suspects, like new PvP and Mythic + seasons, new mounts and new cosmetics. And Tazavesh, the mega dungeon added in 9.1, will finally be split into two Mythic + and Heroic wings.
One of the most exciting parts of the announcement is the return of class-based Tier sets that have not appeared since the end of Legion. Players in each class can collect multiple armor pieces from raids, PvP or Mythic +. Equipping multi-layer armor pieces provides class-specific capabilities.
Eternity’s End will also bring Shadowlands‘last raid: The tomb of the first. Players will fight through the raid with 11 bosses to not only defeat the prison guard but also to fight King Anduin in an attempt to free him from his supernatural possession. Blizzard specifically says that players will “put a definite end to the prison guard’s plan.”
It’s worth noting The world off Warcraft extensions typically complete their development on patch X.3 or even X.4. Shadowlands will be the other World of Warcraft expansion in history to get only two major post-launch patches, the following Warlords of Draenor. However, we could see another minor patch or two between now and World of Warcrafts next, currently unannounced expansion.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down the development of all games, some World of Warcraft developers has blamed Shadowlands‘lack of development progress on the ongoing turmoil at Activision Blizzard in the wake of lawsuits, layoffs and management promises to change the company’s culture.
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