In Hearthstone, we’ve become used to conducting our card games down the pub - surrounded by light, laughter, and human(oid) warmth, or at least the ambient, audible suggestion of it. It's all rather lovely going by Nick's Hearthstone review.
The announcement of single player adventure Curse of Naxxramas promised to change all that - to sling us into a dank dungeon, where alone we might face down fungal horrors and oversized arachnids across the board.
At least now we know it’ll be summer outside.
Curse of Naxxramas was announced at the beginning of April - and Blizzard said we’d get a release date “at a later time”.
However, CEO Mike Morhaime said in yesterday’s Activision Blizzard earnings call that the single player adventure would arrive “this summer”.
The dungeon is based on a popular raid location in WoW, and will see players fend off flat versions of some of the necropolis’ bosses, including plague cauldron master Heigan the Unclean, shambling abomination Patchwerk, and very large spider Maexxna.
The first wing of the dungeon, the Arachnid Quarter, will be temporarily free for all Hearthstone players at launch. The subsequent four stages will be made available for in-game gold or real cash, and released week-by-week through the following month.
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New cards for your personal collection will be the rewards for your efforts - though they’ll appear automatically in your Arena picks once the accompanying adventure stages are released.
“We’re thrilled to bring the first new piece of new content out for Hearthstone this summer and look forward to creating more content for this growing community,” Morhaime told investors.
Hearthstone is now played by 10 million players worldwide, nearly all of whom hate it when I turn their best card into a sheep. Are you included in that total?