If you're in to Hearthstone [Free], chances are you're super stoked for the upcoming expansion, Curse of Naxxramas. Blizzard is adding loads of new cards, and a cool new way to get them: Completing tricky challenges vaguely designed around the bosses of the World of Warcraft raid instance Naxxramas.

Speculation has been running wild regarding how players are going to pay for this new content, with people suspecting it'll be unlockable both via spending in-game currency as well as spending actual real-world currency. Well, a dodgy image has been circulating around Chinese Hearthstone sites, and it's starting to gain traction around the rest of the internet, regardless of whether or not it's real:


Hearthpwn has the full translation, but, in essence (and if this is true) the expansion will be sold in "wings" much like how the actual Naxxramas in World of Warcraft was laid out. Per the image, the first one will be free, the next will be 500g or $9, the next will be 1,000g or $18, and so on until unlocking the Frostwyrm Lair for 2,000g and $36.

I suspect this is a translation error though, as it seems like it'd make way more sense that each additional unlock would be 500g or $9 a piece. The way Hearthpwn (and other sites) are reading this chart is by saying unlocking all of the expansion content will cost you 5,000g or the equivalent of $90.

However, taking historical Blizzard expansion pricing in to account, Blizzard typically has launched expansions for their games in the $40 range. 2,000g total for everything OR the equivalent of roughly $36 makes infinitely more sense than $90 and 5,000g.

Of course, Blizzard has yet to make any comment on this (and they probably won't), so take this all with a grain of salt. Dodgy rumors from Asian sites are certainly not a new thing on the internet.

[via Hearthpwn

  • CkX82

    The push notifications might as well say " Hearthstone !.....not on iphone yet, sorry".

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      If you have a Mac or PC that was made in the last 5-6 years you can play Hearthstone right now!

      • CkX82

        I know silly, but I just want it on the go

      • falco

        Hearthstone on iPhone hahahaha too small

      • SoyGreen

        Except for the fact that they have already said they are working on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I will surely play on my iPad as much as possible... but - it'll look a lot better at work when I go to the bathroom and don't need to carry in my iPad when I need a little break - like I do now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • falco

        I see.

      • CkX82

        To my understanding one reason it is taking awhile is the reconfiguring of the UI to work on a smaller screen. Which is way better than just shrinking the ipad verson....im just impatient .

      • handhoney

        Download splashtop. I've been playing hearthstone on my iPhone for awhile.

      • jamesgecko

        I tried playing it over Remote Desktop on my Nexus 7, and I can't really recommend it. Small text combined with imprecise taps meant a rather frustrating game.

      • handhoney

        You really should try Splashtop. Sometimes use it on my ipad 2 over using the actual Hearthstone app since the app is so prone to mid-match crashes.

        And you can zoom very easily. Can't recommend enough.

      • staraffinity

        Yes, the iPad 2 is just around the edge of being able to run Hearthstone (RAM seems to be the problem โ€“ just 512 MB in iPad 2 โ€“ trouble with some other games too) but closing all apps and doing a restart of the iPad 2 and then running Hearthstone has been stable for me.

  • Bruciato

    I'm enjoying very much Hearthstone and I'm surprisely happy with Blizzard for once. But 90$ is just ridicolous even for a rumour.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there will be a "collector version" of the expansion, with some golden stuff, but apart from that I can't believe that the price could be over 9$. They would lose so many players.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      The only thing that makes me think this is vaguely plausible is if you compare card values to CCG's, 36 cards for $90 is not bad, particularly if they're good ones. Hell, I've lost count the number of single cards I've bought for $100 a pop playing Magic, and you typically need four for a play set in a competitive deck.

      IF (and it's a big if) the costs are how Hearthpwn thinks they are, it could just serve as a big of an endgame for players to shoot for in Hearthstone. Remember, these are supposed to be themed after raids, and clearing a new raid instance (particularly back in the day when they were new) was a serious accomplishment that took lots of work... Which makes the gold requirements seem slightly plausible? Maybe? Who knows. Speculation is fun.

      I doubt they'd lose many players at all, as the game as it exists would remain unchanged, there'd just be new things for people to work towards which they could eventually pay $0 for.

      • vai_levar_no_cu

        yeah, but HS is no MTG

      • Slothwerks

        The $90 is a bit misleading too, because anyone who's played for any length of time has gotten dozens of packs. We've all spent "hundreds" on Hearthstone, while paying $0.

        The $40-$50 price point does seem more reasonable to me though, especially for the first single-player content. I think it'll be great for grabbing more casual players, who find the pressure of playing against other players to be frustrating/stressful.

  • worldcitizen1919

    Now.... Where did I leave that grain of salt? Oh yes.. At Touch Arcade of course.

  • sakara214ever

    Eli you are totaly hooked with Hearthstone. You are writting article over article over article. Playing live and streaming an so on and uploading videos on youtube and playing after midnight. I swear i saw you yawning in one video although you kept on playing. NOW YOU ARE TRANSLATING CHINESE RUMORS. Wow!!!! I really really like what you are doing. Seems you are one of the few people playin more than me!!! Keep making videos pleaseee!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • falco

      Thank you Eli for the news, I want to be informed too.

    • Mess

      That comment seemed so negative towards the start!

      • sakara214ever

        Lol yeah sorry about that!!! I really love Eli's Hearthstone streams!!!!

    • Rooie1154

      Eli's been yawning a lot in lots of the streams. So maybe we should blame those late-night Hearthstone sessions, eh?

  • emanon

    chinese here๏ผŒcan confirm it says 500gold per area in the box

    • emanon

      Sorry I misread there. The price will be 500/1000/1500 but you are free to chooce which area to unlock first.

      It's very ironic on the bottom of the picture it says the source is "beta test from NA server"

  • falco

    Its fine we at least have the choice to buy it with the earned gold ๐Ÿ™‚

  • baelnor

    I have 3k gold sitting on my account anyways because I like to buy packs with cash and hold gold for unlocks

    • Nycteris

      Ugh. Guess I should save too. Master, teach me the ways of patient gold hoarding!

  • UnSurreal

    Blizzard didn't even say this rumor is false. $90 for an expansion is insane, bye bye casual players.

    • falco

      But you can play casualy and earn gold by just doing the daily quest!

  • icruise

    $90 does seem crazy on the face of it, although if they release it little by little and don't just put the $90 figure in front of people, maybe it's possible. Seems questionable to me though, since surely they could make more by pricing it at a level that even casual players might accept. How many super-hardcore players do you suppose there are at the moment?