IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hearthstone® will soar into a brand new period within the coming weeks with the beginning of the 12 months of the Gryphon, which is ready to introduce large-scale adjustments, a whole lot of latest playing cards, and produce thrilling new methods to play. The 12 months of the Gryphon will elevate off with its first new enlargement Solid within the Barrens™, impressed by the long-lasting World of Warcraft® locale the place thousands and thousands of courageous Horde adventurers minimize their tooth (or tusks) and started forging their legends.
Coinciding with the beginning of the 12 months of the Gryphon is the launch of the brand new Hearthstone Core Set, which replaces the prevailing Primary and Basic units with a curated number of 235 playing cards (together with new and beforehand launched playing cards), reinvigorating the sport for each present gamers and newcomers. Launching alongside the Core set is the brand new Basic format, which is able to enable gamers to craft decks and compete utilizing Hearthstone’s unique units of playing cards, as they had been in 2014.
Coming later this yr is Hearthstone Mercenaries, an all-new single-player and aggressive recreation mode that invitations gamers to assemble and improve groups from amongst Azeroth’s mightiest heroes and villains and put them to the check in an everchanging sequence of participating tactical battles.
Gamers will see their mercenaries acquire expertise, gear, new skills, and evolve into extra highly effective variations of themselves whereas battling by way of extremely replayable, randomly generated roguelike missions.
“The 12 months of the Gryphon can be one more thrilling and eventful yr full of new content material and new experiences in Hearthstone,” mentioned J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Leisure. “Solid within the Barrens will take us to a spot straight out of World of Warcraft that’s expensive to us and to lots of our gamers, the brand new Core set will proceed to shake up the sport on an annual foundation, and Hearthstone Mercenaries and the brand new Basic mode will introduce much more superior methods to play.”
Solid within the Barrens Enlargement Set
Solid within the Barrens hearkens again to World of Warcraft’s roots, introducing 135 all-new playing cards impressed by the characters and tales that outline this beloved, hardscrabble setting. Along with new key phrases and recreation mechanics, Solid within the Barrens will introduce 10 Legendary Mercenary minions, every representing a special Hearthstone class, whose tales will play out throughout the 12 months of the Gryphon—together with within the upcoming new recreation mode Hearthstone Mercenaries.
Beginning as we speak, gamers can prepurchase the Solid within the Barrens Mega Bundle (USD $79.99), which comes with 85 card packs from the enlargement (5 of that are Golden Card Packs, which include all Golden playing cards), and two random Golden Legendary playing cards; the Hamuul Runetotem card again and alternate Hero; and perks for Hearthstone Battlegrounds that final till the subsequent enlargement. Additionally accessible is the Solid within the Barrens Pre-Buy Bundle (USD $49.99), which incorporates 60 packs from the enlargement, two random Legendary Playing cards, and the Hamuul Runetotem card again.
Hearthstone Mercenaries is an upcoming all-new single-player and aggressive recreation mode by which gamers acquire mighty characters new and previous from throughout the Warcraft® universe and stage them up in thrilling tactical battles. Mercenaries is scheduled for launch later this yr, with extra data on the mode to be shared nearer to launch.
Hearthstone Core Set & Basic Format
The Hearthstone Core Set will arrive alongside the launch of the 12 months of the Gryphon. Free to all gamers to unlock as they stage up and up to date yearly, the Core Set replaces the prevailing Primary and Basic playing cards with a curated assortment of 235 new and present playing cards meant to maintain Hearthstone recent and supply an approachable on-ramp for brand spanking new gamers. The Core set will include 160 class playing cards and 75 impartial playing cards, amongst them reimagined Legendary minion variations of Warcraft’s most fearsome dragons, together with Deathwing, Malygos, and Ysera.
Additionally coming with the 12 months of the Gryphon is the Hearthstone Basic format, which invitations gamers to expertise the sport because it was when it launched in 2014. Sitting alongside Normal and Wild, the Basic format can be absolutely supported, with its personal rewards and rankings, and can embrace all of Hearthstone’s unique playing cards as they had been within the recreation’s early days.
Go to www.playhearthstone.com for extra particulars on Solid within the Barrens, Hearthstone Mercenaries, and the upcoming Core Set.
With greater than 100 million gamers worldwide, Hearthstone is Blizzard Leisure’s internationally acclaimed, free-to-play digital card recreation designed for novice and veteran card-slingers alike. Gamers can select from 10 highly effective hero lessons and customise their decks with minions, spells, and weapons primarily based on the distinctive fantasy of the Warcraft® universe. That includes a wide range of recreation modes starting from epic head-to-head duels to story-driven Solo Adventures, Hearthstone affords a vibrant and rewarding expertise stacked with technique, character, and enjoyable. Hearthstone is offered globally for Home windows and Mac PCs; Home windows, iOS, and Android tablets; and iOS, and Android cell phones.
About Blizzard Leisure, Inc.
Greatest identified for blockbuster hits together with World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone, Overwatch®, the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Leisure, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and writer of leisure software program famend for creating a number of the trade’s most critically acclaimed video games. Blizzard Leisure’s monitor file consists of twenty-three #1 video games* and quite a few Recreation of the 12 months awards. The corporate’s on-line gaming service, Battle.internet®, is likely one of the largest on this planet, with thousands and thousands of lively gamers.
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