Under normal circumstances, the launch of a new Hearthstone expansion was preceded by days of revelation of cards on gaming sites and YouTube channels, followed by a final live broadcast from Blizzard in which the rest is "poured" massively in the form of fun games.
But with Activision Blizzard facing serious allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and a widespread "boy brother" culture, Team 5 has decided to give up the usual fanfare of the upcoming expansion of United in Stormwind and instead , has quietly released all new cards to playhearthstone.com.
Hearthstone chief designer Dean Ayala explained the decision Reddit, saying the team 's silence is not the result of some kind of company – wide gag order. “Our focus has been to support each other and plan actions on how we can make our work a better place for everyone,” he wrote. "Something we've clearly missed in the past."
"Having a celebration is very difficult right now. I can assure you that the only hesitation we have to move forward on things like flows or letter revelations is out of respect for our co-workers. This is a incredibly important time to reflect and make sure we chart the best way forward.There is no gag order, no legal team tells us what we can say and what we can’t say.At the moment, our focus is only on focused on others. "
Hearthstone's United in Stormwind expansion is scheduled to go live on August 3, and Ayala said it is not expected to change. “We have no plans to delay our launch or push back new developments,” he wrote. "We're just taking time to make sure we're right this time."