Hearthstone Unveils Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Details
Hearthstone was already an impressive digital card game when it first launched, but now its Curse of Naxxramas expansion will add a new layer of gameplay: single-player.
Expected later this month, Curse of Naxxramas will send players through five dungeon wings and pits them against powerful boss enemies, rewarding victors with new cards along the way. What wasn’t clear was the pricing arrangement, since Hearthstone’s core game can be played entirely for free. Blizzard has now finally revealed how much it will cost to fight one’s way to Naxxramas: $6.99 or 700 gold for individual dungeon wings, or $24.99 for the complete set.
Curse of Naxxramas will release the five wings over a weekly schedule, starting with Arachnid Quarter before offering Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair. Playing during the launch event automatically unlocks the Arachnid Quarter for free, while the remaining wings can be purchased with in-game funds or real-word payments. Bundle deals are provided for anyone who has access to initial wings, although the remaining chapters will only unlock at the official release date.
- All five wings: $24.99
- Already own first wing (purchase remaining four): $19.99
- Already own first two wings (purchase remaining three): $14.99
- Already own first three wings (purchase remaining two): $9.99
- Individual wings: $6.99 or 700 gold each
The pricing system should encourage players to jump in right away, and maybe buy a wing or two using gold reserves, before turning to actual money for the remaining content. On top of that, completing each Curse of Naxxramas wing will activate its “Heroic Mode,” where one faces more challenging versions of bosses to unlock new card backs. All told, this should keep new and veteran Hearthstone players occupied for some time, and hopefully show that single-player CCGs are still engaging.