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.