Blizzard’s highly anticipated expansion to their popular free to play digital card game Hearthstone has been given a release date. Announced on their blog today, the Curse of Naxxramas will launch for Windows, Mac and iPad on July 22.
Not only will the expansion launch next week, but as Blizzard states, the first wing will be free for those who play during the first month after launch.
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. The Arachnid Quarter will be free to play during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, which will last roughly a month. Those brave enough to step foot into the Arachnid Quarter during the launch event will unlock it permanently for free. Check out our recent blog for further details on how to access the Arachnid Quarter and the subsequent wings of Naxxramas.
Naxxramas will feature five wings – Arachnid Quarter, Plaque Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair – which will launch one per week. As mentioned above, the Arachnid Quarter will be free for those who play within the first month; the remaining wings will need to be unlocked using in-game gold or money. Completing wings will add new cards to player’s collections and will also unlock a Heroic Mode which will unlock a special card back for players who have defeated all of the bosses in this mode.
The pricing for the remaining wings is as follows:
- Individual wings cost $6.99USD or 700 gold each
- All five wings (if you miss the launch event) are available for $24.99
- If you own the first wing, the remaining four will cost $19.99
- If you own the first two wings, the remaining three will cost $14.99
- If you own the first three wings, the remaining two will cost $9.99
The wings should easily be unlockable by using in game gold by completing the daily challenges and participating in an arena or two. While you can purchase the wings in bundles, you will only be able to access the new wings as they become available following the weekly launch schedule.
For those unfamiliar with Hearthstone, the 1 vs 1 turn based card game set in the Warcraft universe was launched on March 11, 2014 and came to iPad on April 16. Hearthstone pits players against each other while selecting one of nine different Warcraft heroes representing different classes. Victories over opponents in casual, ranked, or arena mode allows players to earn gold and/or card packs which can then be opened and used to further customize the basic decks to accommodate a number of play styles.
Check out some Hearthstone gameplay below, and if you haven’t already started playing, you can grab the game from the Hearthstone website.