'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas Expansion Release Date Set For July, 30 Cards Available In Brand New Single-Player Adventure

By Steve Buja , Updated Jun 27, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

Blizzard is aiming for a July release date for the next expansion to its popular deck builder Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The expansion, titled The Curse of Naxxramas will be a single-player only mode that pits you against the legions inhabiting the nefarious necropolis Naxxramas.

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The news comes from a post on the battle.net forum from community manager Aratil, which states, "Just wanted to give everyone a head's up that we are currently targeting to release Curse of Naxxramas during the month of July. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of implementing and bug fixing to get through, so please stay tuned!"

Players can earn up to 30 new cards as they battle their way through the floating city, which is steeped in Warcraft mythology and still floats above Northrend like a twisted, broken pyramid in World of Warcraft. The original incarnation of the raid, a 40 man nightmare of difficulty, still gives me nightmares.

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Blizzard will release the cursed temple in five stages over five weeks. The first wing of Naxx, the Arachnid Quarter, will be free to play for all players, with all subsequent wings able to be bought for either in game currency or real world money. Who needs the auction house now, right?

With regards to the pricing, Aratil also added: "With that said, we are also targeting to reveal pricing details regarding Curse of Naxxramas next week on July 1st, so please keep an eye out for that."

I kicked my World of Warcraft habit years ago because of the time involved. I fear for my sanity, as Hearthstone is quite the powerful draw and I am always a sucker for deck building games. You can download Hearthstone here for free and start playing today.

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