Nearly three months after the announcement that flying would be coming to the current expansion of World of Warcraft, it is finally releasing to the live servers. The patch, 6.2.2, will go live tomorrow after a lengthy maintenance to the game servers. It will allow those with the Draenor Pathfinder achievement to fly across all characters on their account in Warlords of Draenor content starting at level 90.
Blizzard Entertainment reminded players on the official World of Warcraft website that the 6.2.2 patch is going live on September 1. This patch will finally let players use their flying mounts in the air again within the current expansion content. In fact, players with the required Draenor Pathfinder achievement are able to fly on any character level 90 or higher in Warlords of Draenor content. Instead of paying a hefty sum of gold at max level per character like in Mists of Pandaria, players must prove that they have been through much of what Warlords of Draenor has to offer before they can fly. The meta-achievement, Draenor Pathfinder, is the barrier of entry.
Of course, the new patch does more than add flying back to the World of Warcraft. The new Mercenary Mode for PvP queues is being added and new Timewalking rewards are included. The Mercenary Mode allows players with long queues for Ashran or Battlgrounds to opt to play as a member of the opposite faction. The new Timewalking rewards include a new currency earned from defeating Timewalking bosses that is used to purchase things like new toys, mounts, heirloom items, and reputation tokens. The official patch notes on Battle.net include all the details on these new features and much more.
The 6.2.2 patch did get a firm release date of September 1 just a few weeks ago. Sites like the Inquisitr reported on the date and the return of flight to World of Warcraft players. Although the specific date was mentioned, it was immediately followed by Blizzard employees stating that any date could change. Luckily, that was not the case and players will be able to fly in Warlords of Draenor after nearly nine months of being grounded.
Warlords of Draenor, however, has come to end. The planned final raid, Hellfire Citadel, is out now with the final wing available via Looking For Raid, the last place it needed to release to be fully accessible. World of Warcraft players have some time ahead of them before the next expansion, Legion, is likely to release. That expansion, though, will contain a new hero class, the new artifact weapon system, class halls, the return to Azeroth, big yet unannounced transmogrification changes, and another 10 levels.
Have you finished the Draenor Pathfinder achievement in preparation for tomorrow’s patch?
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