Hearthstone Single-Player Naxxramas Update Goes Live July 22

You can get the first Hearthstone expansion for free if you access it in the first month, but you'll have to pay for the remaining sections.

Blizzard has been slowly parceling out info on the single-player expansion for its successful card-battling game Hearthstone, and today we finally learned when Curse of Naxxramas is coming out: July 22.

On the official Blizzard blog, the company wrote, "Curse of Naxxramas goes live globally for Windows, Mac, and iPad on Tuesday, July 22, starting with the Arachnid Quarter, the first of five creepy wings that will be released weekly after the gates are opened." It's worth noting that the EU Blizzard site cites the release date as Wednesday, July 23 -- so the release will likely happen globally at the same time, thus that specific day will not be the same in every country.

As a reminder, this initial expansion will be free for "roughly a month," but you'll have to lay down cold, hard gold (or cash) to open up the four remaining parts of the expansion. Curse of Naxxramas, like it's namesake dungeon, has five wings with a separate "boss" to battle at the end. We explained the exact pricing and release schedule for the game in detail earlier this week, but in short, a new wing will open up each week after the first. Subsequent wings will cost either 700 in-game gold, $7 individually, or you can buy multiple wings at a slight real-money discount. There are no discounts for buying multiple wings with in-game gold.

As you work your way through the dungeon, you'll unlock new cards to add to your deck. And if you make it through the entire expansion, you'll unlock an exclusive card back.

At the very least, the first expansion is free for a month, so be sure to log in to your account after July 22 if you want to try it out.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald

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17 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

the wow zombie horde grows

megakick
megakick

GRIND, GRIND? Content you have to buy unless you been grinding since release.

shingui5
shingui5

I'm hoping the new cards shake the meta up quite drastically. Playing against the same three-four decks is getting a tad dull. 

megakick
megakick

You mean players use the same decks in Hearthstone like players use the same specs World of Worldcraft? SHOCKING!?!?!?

vadagar1
vadagar1

this looks like a Disney film ad : /....

91210user
91210user

Oh wow, this card game seriously doesn't mess around!

jessie82
jessie82

tempted to reinstall just for the free part

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Got my gold ready (around 5000) so I'm all good to go!

Rikomi
Rikomi

Yay! Hopefully the Naxx cards will change the rush meta cause it's getting pretty annoying.

ragerfus
ragerfus

What about European release? It just states Americas...

Stebsis
Stebsis

@Rikomi Yeah, all I'm fighting against are Warlock zoo decks and miracle Rogues which are annoying to play against and it makes it even worse that everyone are using them, no one even tries to make their own decks

Stebsis
Stebsis

@ragerfus "Curse of Naxxramas goes live GLOBALLY for Windows, Mac, and iPad on Tuesday, July 22"

shingui5
shingui5

@Stebsis @Rikomi

Miracle Rogue is awful to play against. All you can do is sit there late in the game, waiting for him to figure out a way to one hit kill you with leeroy :/ 

hella_epic
hella_epic

@Stebsis @Rikomi Totally, Miracle Rogue is a god damn plague. Only a few decks keep repeating over and over again in the meta. It's gotten quite stale, hope these new cards with deathrattle synergy change things up.

monkeyfritz
monkeyfritz

@justinhaywald It will go live, globally, on the 22nd FOR the Americas. Which happens to be the 23rd in Europe. It's not lying, it's just not specific enough.