Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas expansion out in July

UPDATE: Pricing announcement delayed, but July release still on target.

UPDATE 30/06 09.30 BST:

Blizzard community manager Aratil took to the Hearthstone forums yesterday to announce that pricing information for the Naxxramas expansion will no longer be revealed on 1st July.

"I know everyone is really excited for any and all information regarding Naxxramas," they wrote.

"We're doing our best to get it into your hands as soon as possible. However, it turns out we're actually not going to be quite ready to announce Naxxramas pricing on July 1st as I previously mentioned - we do still want to announce more Naxxramas information soon, but I'm afraid it won't happen on July 1st.

"We'll get the details to you as soon as we have finalized information."

The change to the pricing announcement won't affect the release window for the Naxxramas expansion, however. Later on in the same forum thread, Aratail confirmed that a July release was still being targeted by the developers.

ORIGINAL STORY 27/06 2:50 BST:

The Curse of Naxxramas expansion for strategy card game Hearthstone launches in July, Blizzard has said.

Writing on Battle.net, community manager Aratil said Blizzard still had some work to do before releasing Naxxramas into the wild.

Pricing details will be announced on 1st July, Aratil added.

Curse of Naxxramas is set in the necropolis of Naxxramas, which will be familiar to World of Warcraft players. Here Kel'Thuzad is the ultimate bad guy in a player versus environment adventure through five unique wings of the dungeon.

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The expansion adds 30 new cards to the game, which you get for defeating the adventure's bosses, which include Maexxna, Loatheb and Patchwerk. Each boss has unique cards and hero powers. For example, the Plague Quarter boss, Heigan the Unclean, has an Eruption spell, which does two points of damage to your left most minion, and Mindpocalypse, which causes both players to draw two cards and gain a mana crystal. The completion of each wing rewards you with a guaranteed new Legendary class card.

Meanwhile, Curse of Naxxramas has its own unique game board, and there are nine unique class challenges, which, according to Blizzard, put a "difficult twist" on existing encounters within the adventure. Best these challenges and you get new class-specific cards.

Blizzard will make Curse of Naxxramas available over a five week period, opening its doors wing by wing. The first wing, The Arachnid Quarter, is free for all players. The other wings must be bought with in-game gold or real money. As each wing is released, the cards available from each show up in your Arena picks, even if you haven't earned them for your personal collection, Blizzard said.

Tom Bramwell had a chat with Blizzard about The Curse of Naxxramas back in April, and discovered it's all about Deathrattle.

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