Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas Expansion Slated for July Release

Blizzard expects to launch the single-player expansion next month, with pricing details to come next week.

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The new board being introduced in Curse of Naxxramas

Blizzard expects to release free-to-play card game Hearthstone's upcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion in the month of July, according to the game's community manager.

"Just wanted to give everyone a head's up that we are currently targeting to release Curse of Naxxramas during the month of July," wrote Aratil on the Battle.net forums. "Unfortunately, we still have a lot of implementing and bug fixing to get through, so please stay tuned!"

Curse of Naxxramas was announced back in April as a single-player adventure for Hearthstone with an expected release sometime this summer. The expansion will add new cards, tweak classes, and introduce a single-player mode consisting of five wings of a dungeon for players to work their way through. The first of these wings will be free to all players, while the others will require players to pay using either real-world money or in-game gold (which can be bought outright or earned by playing).

Pricing details weren't announced at the time, but it sounds as if we don't have much longer to wait for more information on that front. According to Aratil, "[W]e are also targeting to reveal pricing details regarding Curse of Naxxramas next week on July 1st, so please keep an eye out for that."

Following Naxxramas' announcement, Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes told GameSpot that players will, with some patience, be able to access all of its content without paying a dime if they so choose. "We basically wanted to make it that no matter how you were experiencing Naxxramas, you were able to unlock the various wings for free just by earning the gold and unlocking it," he told us in April.

"That's an important philosophy we have for Hearthstone, is that if you choose to never put in a dime, you can still access all of the content over time. So that is a core part of how Naxxramas is designed. Beyond that, though, if a player is interested in getting to that content a bit faster, they can spend a bit more money and access it as well."

Hearthstone, which exited beta in March, is currently free to download on computer and iPad, with Android and iPhone versions in the works.

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Discussion

16 comments
themc_7
themc_7

what's with gamespot's links going to the wrong page? I didn't click on a WoW article, yet somehow here I am.

megakick
megakick

You have to use gold to unlock wings and let me guess you get different cards in each wing?

BLI$$ARD. I don't like when you run out of cards then lose health each turn because some classes can just hang on with no cards and win. Hearthstone is a lot of luck and the classes are broken.


3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

But why Blizzard add single player mode to the game HS should be a multiplayer only.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

Cool.... I still play it daily.  Have never spent a dime on it... and can manage a rank of 10.  (I refuse to run with cheesy OP builds that will eventually get nerfed, ie: Miracle Rogue)


I'm holding onto 2000g  in anticipation for Naxx.  Hopefully each wing of Naxx is only 500g.

hitomo
hitomo

a reason to go back to HS at least ... btw. its the best iTCG on the market and the best game Blizzard has created so far

_planet
_planet

People still playing this game? there's nothing to it, talk about your bare-bones Micro transaction fest.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Micro transactions apparently qualify as an "important philosophy" now. How very interesting.

grove12345
grove12345

@hitomo best game....you must be new to gaming.

Diablo 1, Warcraft 2, WC 3, Starcraft 1. That son were legendary. 

This is the first original thing they did in over a decade though.

Too bad its filled of instant kill and instant scorch cards.

shingui5
shingui5

@_planet

Still playing? If anything, it's thriving, especially since Twitch has taken a liking to it.

And really, there are two microtransactions in the game, to buy cards, and to enter the arena, both of which you cna do fairly simply with in-game currency. 

MrBlondeX
MrBlondeX moderatorstaff

@jerusaelem I'm not sure what you find negative about what he said. He's suggesting you can play for free without every paying -- why is that a bad thing?

MrBlondeX
MrBlondeX moderatorstaff

@shingui5 @_planet Yeah, I've played a fair bit of the game without spending any money (or feeling as if I need to in order to have a good time).