Blizzard will proceed so as to add mission content material to Hearthstone and skip Adventures into 2018.
Hearthstone gamers gained’t dive into new Adventures with the next expansion Kobolds and Catacombs, nor within the foreseeable future.
One motive, in keeping with artwork director Ben Thompson, was that playing cards included in Adventures had been gated, that means if gamers didn’t delve into the content material, they didn’t obtain the playing cards which “sucks” for the participant.
Another motive was complexity of the Adventures, which tended to be much less of a problem for extra skilled gamers.
“With Adventures, we were somewhat fettered by the fact there were cards we needed to get out there, we wanted to add those 30-plus cards to the meta, but we couldn’t gate those from players based on experience,” Thompson told Metabomb. “If they didn’t full the Adventure and so they don’t get these playing cards, that sucks.
“We needed to tone down the complexity of the Adventures, and as a result they were less challenging for the more experienced players – and we certainly got that feedback.”
Thompson’s feedback on Adventures mainly reiterate what was introduced in February, however supplies gamers with a strong motive behind the choice.
With the following Hearthstone expansion Kobolds and Catacombs, skilled gamers will discover the Dungeon Run side will discover loads of challenges, and the extra causal participant will discover zero gated content material behind it. This will guarantee there’s one thing for each kind of participant.
The solely “gated” content material in Kobolds and Catacombs is the cardboard again for beating all 9 heroes.
For this motive, in keeping with Thompson, three full releases with mission content material will stay a “big part” of how the sport shall be developed going ahead. The firm acknowledged as a lot when Journey to Un’Goro was announced as the primary launch for the Year of the Mammoth.
Released in April, the content material was adopted by Knights of the Frozen Throne in August. The last Year of the Mammoth content material pack for Hearthstone, Kobolds and Catacombs, releases in December.