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.

17 Comments
The new board being introduced in Curse of Naxxramas
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).

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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.

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 17 comments about this story