Curse of Naxxramas had some nice gameplay, but what CCG gamers really want is new cards — lots and lots of new cards.
Blizzard hears and obeys. Yesterday, Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Mike Donais spilled the beans on the next release during the final episode of ChanManV’s Value Town, announcing that the game would receive a full expansion on the order of 100 cards. As for when you’ll get your virtual hands on these cards… well, there wasn’t even a soon(TM) to be had.
Obviously, extra effort goes into coding card effects, which is something physical card games don’t have to deal with. However, if this is the only additional product coming from Hearthstone in the near future, it means we’ll get around 130 new cards (including Naxx) in the first year of the game’s release. Compare that to Magic: The Gathering, which releases 500 to 600 new cards a year, and one has to wonder if Blizzard will need to pick up the pace a little with Hearthstone. Keeping player interest when you’re only putting out a hundred new cards every six months or so could be a tall order.