When World of Warcraft’s Patch 8.2.5 arrives later this year, you may stop doing your Nic Cage impression of “Not the bees!” and instead start to embrace the joy of bumblebee ownership. This is because bee mounts are finally coming to the game — and that’s not all.
This mid-tier patch is heading to the PTR soon and includes many odds and ends that may have a shot at making you happy. Goblins and Worgens are next up for a visual and animation upgrade, the Firelands raid from Cataclysm is coming back thanks to timewalking, and recruit-a-friend is returning. Blizzard has plans for a spicy 15th anniversary celebration this fall, with old-timey raids and battlegrounds galore.
What’s perhaps most interesting about this patch is the introduction of a new mode called party sync. “When players activate party sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases,” Blizzard said. “There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a ‘replay’ quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.”