Hearthstone [Free] is getting its first expansion next Tuesday. Pricing details were already announced, and you can buy it in one of two ways: Drop a total of 2,800 in game gold, or spend $24.99. Like World of Warcraft's Naxxramas raid instance, the expansion is split in to "wings," which each wing sold individually. The cool part of all of this is that the price to unlock things decreases as you spend gold to unlock things, so you can basically just dump the gold you've been saving and then pick up the rest for a discounted amount of real-world cash.
The Arachnid Quarter will unlock first, with each of the five wings being unlocked weekly after the gates are open. If you play during the launch event, you'll get access to the arachnid quarter for free, which should provide players a taste of what's to come. Additionally, doing the staggered release like this should allow people who want to endlessly grind gold to get everything for free the ability to do so as each wing is opened up.
Pretty neat, I can't wait to play it.
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