While the release date for Hearthstone’s single player expansion Curse of Naxxramas continues to be M.I.A., we at least now know how much it will cost our coin purses to unlock each of the expansions five boss filled ‘wings’. To start with, let’s take a look at how each of these wings will be unlocked.
Blizzard intends to fully release Curse of Naxxramas over the course of five weeks, with each week representing the opening of a new wing. The first of these wings, the Arachnid Quarter, will be available for free to all players during the launch event window which according to Blizzard will last “roughly a month or so”. After Arachnid, the Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair will all open up in that order.
In terms of pricing, each wing can be purchased for 700 gold or $6.99 USD. Unlike Arena, once a player unlocks a wing it will become available to them permanently. Blizzard will also offer bundle pricing giving players the opportunity to purchase all five wings for $24.99. If players opt to purchase a few of the wings with gold they can still take advantage of the bundled pricing by purchasing the remaining wings for a reduced bundle price. Each wing a player already owns will reduce the price of the bundle by $5.00 USD.
Blizzard also revealed that once players had defeated all bosses within each wing they’d unlock the heroic version of that wing which will prove to be significantly more challenging. While you only need to complete each wing of Naxxramas on normal mode to unlock the expansion’s new set of cards and legendaries, defeating the entire encounter on Heroic will net you a special card back.
As someone whose never had 700 gold at once in Hearsthstone (currently sitting on 180 after paying gold for an arena), I’m unsure how I feel about the entry point for strictly Free-to-Play players, especially those who aren’t naturally good at card games. On the flip side, bundled prices combined with the initial free wing (provided you snag it) seem quite reasonable.
With this in mind, I’d be interested to know whether you feel many players will opt to pay the 700 or go for the cash option instead.
More details, including pricing for EU and Aus players can be found on the official blog post here.