As Hearthstone (Free) fanatics everywhere desperately look for any kind of tea leaves to read to divine the exact time of day the new Curse of Naxxramas expansion is going to hit, Blizzard has shed some light on when it’s not going to hit. The game has been undergoing maintenance this morning, starting at midnight Pacific and ending pretty soon (or scheduled to end, anyway) at 8:00 AM Pacific.
I would’ve put more than a few dollars on betting that when the game came back up, the Arachnid Quarter of Curse of Naxxramas would be unlocked, but according to a post on the battle.net forums, this won’t be the case:
Just wanted to clarify that this maintenance is not for the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure. We will be turning on Curse of Naxxramas for all regions at the same time some time after this maintenance is complete, but please do not expect Naxxramas to be available immediately following this maintenance.
Having watched Telltale try to coordinate multi-platform releases with their games, I don’t envy Blizzard here. So many people are so excited for this release, and if for some weird reason the iOS update doesn’t hit today or a million other possible things happen to delay the opening of Naxx, there’s going to be a lot of people pissed off.
But, hey, on the up side, the first taste of the expansion is going to be free for anyone who plays during the launch event. If you’re without an iPad and waiting for the game to hit the iPhone, you should download the Mac/PC game and create an account just to have your account flagged as having participated in the launch event. That’ll save you five bucks towards getting the rest of the Curse of Naxxramas. Just make sure to complete the tutorial and actually do whatever you need to do to have “entered" Naxxramas to be sure you get credit.