Does this include the green oasis area near Uzer, the south-east swamp and Menaphos (city not just the raid dungeon) too?
We're aiming to finish off the whole coastline so there shouldn't be any black left in that area. However, the city of Menaphos will remain closed (at least for now).
The stream was a bit vague about what the quest would be covering so I wasn't sure if we'd get the full desert, but nice to know the map will be finished, even if the storyline is not.
Also, will the quest be Master? On stream it was said it might be Intermediate, but since Contact! is a Master it would be odd if the sequel was a lower difficulty (I don't believe any quest series do that currently).
Yes it's a Master quest. I expect the Desert series will still need one or two more quests after this one as well.
So, for something of a comparison, is this reminiscent to Regicide in that the quest unlocks a new large map area, but the big city centerpiece is still locked? Or are desert map expansions unrelated to the new quest, and that it solely allows access inside the raid?
I'd compare it more to A Taste of Hope in that more of the map is being opened up with the quest release but you won't need the quest to access those new areas.