Just yesterday Blizzard informed us about what's coming to their card game Hearthstone in what they call the Year of the Dragon, including three expansions telling one story with many Solo Adventures mixed in there as well. When we recently paid a visit to Blizzard in France, we talked to principal game Designer Mike Donais about the content, and why it's coming in this form.
"I think that there are a lot of things we are excited about single-player for Hearthstone," he told us. "We've always felt this was a game people should be able to play the way they want to play and a game for everyone, and the kind of response we are getting from as far back as Dungeon Run, and certainly Monster Hunt and even Puzzle Labs - as different as they were in the environment - and a lot of learning from the Rumble Runs as well, kind of made us want to put it all together in a way that made sense. Kind of cherry-picking the best of each of the experiences, and then adding even more to that to create an environment [...] really helped further the story that we wanted to tell this year, but also created an entirely different environment for players who do kind of gravitate more towards a single-player aspect of things. "
"That doesn't mean that the set itself or the [upcoming] expansion itself will not come with a super interesting set of 135 new cards and all the new keywords that you'll find there, and certainly its own effect on things like esports is also going to be felt. So I think while there is a lot of focus, certainly today, on something like single-player, we don't believe that it's at the cost of any of the other parts that make Hearthstone Hearthstone."
Ben Thompson, lead artist for Hearthstone on the single-player, added: "You'll assume we spend the whole year in Dalaran, which be incorrect. We'll go other places and do other things. Because after all a story or a least a good one, always comes with some twists and turns along the way and hopefully some surprises as well."
Thompson also told us about how the changes to Hearthstone esports are helping to push the game forward, so 2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for fans of Blizzard's game.
Do you like the Solo Adventures and single-player emphasis?