Hearthstone: The Witchwood adds Monster Hunt mode

Hearthstone's The Witchwood Blizzard

In probably the most unfortunate YouTube thumbnail the Hearthstone team has ever chosen, the announcement for The Witchwood was revealed just moments ago.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood will launch in mid-April.

The new single-player mode is Monster Hunt.

Players can draw on an arsenal of new tricks, including the eerie new Echo keyword.

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Ben Brode and company provide more details on the gameplay implications of the new cards in the Blair Witch-style video above, adding to a delightful collection of very odd Hearthstone trailers.

Some of the new cards utilize a new keyword, Echo, that allows them to be played again and again (mana limits allowing); others will feature a new Rush keyword. The new Monster Hunt mode will work similarly to the Koboids and Catacombs' Dungeon Run, as you'll need to take on a string of encounters, before eventually coming face to face with a boss. The leaders of Gilneas are finalizing preparations for these expeditions, and will share more details in the weeks to come. "Monster Hunt will release two weeks after The Witchwood launches". Blizzard has a preview stream scheduled for March 26 at 11 AM PDT where they'll show off several of the upcoming cards. This one-time-only bundle is available on any platform for $49.99 (one purchase per account). Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes twenty-one #1 gamesSales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

While it's unclear whether this new mode will make use of the Dungeon Run's procedurally generated dungeon-building systems, Hearthstone's Lead Missions Designer Dave Kosak hinted at revisiting the format in an interview with Gaming Trend last month. There's no official release date set yet, but The Witchwood is scheduled to arrive in mid-April. We'll keep you informed as to when a release date becomes available, but it won't be long before you're engaging in battle. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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