Popular collectible card game Hearthstone is getting a new expansion called Rise of Shadows. The new addition to the Android, iOS, and PC game adds a storyline that evolves over the year in addition to 135 new cards as well as some brand new gameplay mechanics. The Hearthstone Rise of Shadows release date is April 9. In addition to this, the first story chapter will be available for free in May with subsequent chapters costing $20 (around Rs. 1,400) or 700 in-game gold. There's a 50-pack Rise of Shadows bundle that includes the Jewel of Lazul card back for $50 (around Rs. 3,500) and a $80 (around Rs. 5,600) 80-card pack Mega Bundle with a Golden Legendary card, Jewel of Lazul card back and the Madame Lazul priest hero card.
Furthermore, there's the Hearthstone Shadow Bundle that includes nine Rise of Shadows card packs and an Arena ticket for $10 (around Rs. 700), available once per account.
"Hearthstone has a cast of fan-favorite villains, and it's a thrill to see them take center stage in Rise of Shadows," said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment in a prepared statement. "We can't wait for players to get in on the mayhem in this expansion, with a bunch of sinister new cards at their disposal."
Rise of Shadows has players joining the League of Evil, a group of villains from past Hearthstone expansions such as Dr. Boom, Hagatha the Witch, and King Togwaggle. After suffering defeat at the hands of the League of Explorers, Arch-Thief Rafaam realised that his designs on Azeroth would require more roguery than he alone could muster. Hence forming the League of Evil, aided by players looking to get their hands dirty. Gameplay mechanics include Lackeys, Schemes, and Callback Cards.
Finally, there's a pre-release event for Rise of Shadows from April 5, allowing players to login to claim a free Legendary card and begin using it immediately in Play Mode.
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