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Hearthstone interview: Jaina and the single-player Book of Heroes

Hearthstone's next solo adventure opens the Book of Heroes. To learn more, we spoke with Hearthstone Senior Narrative Designer Valerie Chu.


Earlier today, Blizzard detailed what's set to release in Hearthstone's 18.2 update, which is set to release next week. Following a major update for the game's Battlegrounds mode, Blizzard's digital card game is set to receive its next batch of single-player content. The upcoming Book of Heroes adventure will follow each of Hearthstone's core 10 playable characters, starting with Jaina Proudmoore. It's set to be slightly different from previous solo adventures, so naturally Shacknews had some questions. Video Editor Greg Burke and I recently reached out to Hearthstone Senior Narrative Designer Valerie Chu to learn more about what players can expect from the upcoming Book of Heroes.

"The Book of Heroes is a brand new ten-installment batch of content that's coming to Hearthstone," Chu told Shacknews. "Each installment will be telling the lives of one of the classic or core heroes from Hearthstone. So you'll get to learn more about where they came from and what made them who they are, and why they're representing their class for us here in Hearthstone. We're very inspired by the Prologue content for Demon Hunter. So we wanted to expand on that and, this time, give you eight fights per character, instead of just the few that we did for Prologue. So you can really come to understand who they are and what drives them."

Chu also discussed the different storytelling possibilities presented by the Book of Heroes format, telling Jaina's story for both casual Hearthstone players and long-time Warcraft aficionados, and some of the boss encounters that players can expect to see. We also made sure to ask what players can expect from some of the later Book of Heroes stories, which are set to release on a monthly basis.

Hearthstone's Book of Heroes content is set to release on Tuesday, September 15. There was a lot announced today, so be sure to brush up on everything revealed for the Hearthstone 18.2 update. For more interviews like this, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews and GamerHub.TV on YouTube. And be sure to subscribe to Mercury for the optimal Shacknews experience.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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