Blizzard Entertainment is preparing to release free-to-play card game Hearthstone’s upcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion in July, according to the game’s community manager.
Curse of Naxxramas is shaping up to be a major update to Hearthstone, adding new cards, a new-game board, and for the first time, implementing a narrative-focused single-player campaign. Players will be able to obtain up to 30 new cards if they play through the Naxxramas campaign mode, where they will be facing enemies like the “oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb, and the shambling abomination Patchwerk.”
Curse of Naxxramas was announced back in April as a single-player campaign for Hearthstone, introducing a mode consisting of five wings for the World of Warcraft raid-dungeon for players to work their way through. The first wing will be free for all players, whilst the others will require players to pay using either real-world money, or in-game gold.
The Curse of Naxxramas campaign will be spread across several updates, the first of which is expected to arrive in July.
"Just wanted to give everyone a head's up that we are currently targeting to release Curse of Naxxramas during the month of July," a spokesperson for Blizzard wrote on the Battle.net forum.
"Unfortunately, we still have a lot of implementing and bug fixing to get through, so please stay tuned!"
The new cards tend to be a little more elaborate than existing sets, with an emphasis on deathrattle and stealth tactics. Many of these new cards have already been revealed and some are showcased below: