Blizzard has revealed the final pricing and release details for the upcoming Hearthstone expansion, Curse of Naxxramas. As expected, considering Hearthstone is a free-to-play game, they're a bit overly convoluted in order to persuade folk to just spend real money, but there's absolutely an option for players to earn access to the whole thing with just gold earned from playing. There's no update on the release date at this time, but the expansion is still planned for a July release.
Let's get down to the specific details then. First and foremost, Blizzard is still planning on releasing the first "Wing" of Curse of Naxxramas completely free for all players, but obviously there's some fine print. The Arachnid Quarter will be the first release of the expansion and will be free for the month-long launch window. Anyone who plays during this period will get the content for free, but anyone who misses that window will have to buy it later.
Following the launch of the Arachnid Quarter, each of the four other quarters will be released one at a time each week. Those Wings will also release in a specific order: Arachnid Quarter, Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair. No matter whether players buy each wing with gold or real money, the gates on these wings won't open until their scheduled release. Five wings, five weeks.
Pricing is also a bit intriguing. Let's start with the purchase of individual wings. If folk decide to buy each wing one at a time they'll be spending either 700 gold or $6.99. Gold of course can be earned by completing quests in-game or succeeding in the Arena. For folk who find $6.99 a bit too spendy for each wing, Blizzard will be offering a bundle offer. If purchasing the bundle, each wing that the player doesn't already own will cost about $5. That means that players who own Arachnid Quarter for free can pay $19.99 for the remaining four. If a player gets the Arachnid Quarter for free and then buy Plague Quarter with gold, they can buy the remaining three for $14.99. If a player doesn't want to wait for the free Arachnid Quarter, they can spend $24.99 right now for all five Wings -- accessible as the gates unlock week by week.
That's about all for pricing details, which can also be seen in the pricing graphic provided by Blizzard which I used for the header image. In addition to pricing, however, Blizzard also announced Heroic Mode for each Wings. Once players defeat all of the bosses in a given Wing they can then challenge the Heroic Mode version, which includes much more difficult versions of each boss. Defeating Heroic Mode of a Wing will unlock a a card for the player's account.
Oof! Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion is just weeks away and now everyone has pricing and release details at their fingertips. All that left is spamming quests and Arena trying to collect up the 700x5 gold needed to get each Wing without paying real money. Best of luck, everyone!