Leaks Suggest Next Hearthstone Expansion is Set in The Barrens

Published: Friday, February 19, 2021 - 14:28 | By: Robert N. Adams
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A series of leaks have uncovered what may be the next Hearthstone expansion. Reportedly titled Hearthstone: Forged in the Barrens, it will introduce the game's first Tauren Hero and, as always, a number of cool new cards.

Hearthstone is a digital collectible card game that periodically releases batches of new content in a similar fashion to physical CCGs like Magic: The Gathering and the developers have recently revealed some big changes coming to the game's formats. A new expansion always brings some cool new things for players to enjoy, and a series of separate leaks have given us some insight into what's coming next.

Check out the Quill You be Ready? Hearthstone Trailer to see some very unsubtle hints that The Barrens is coming to the game:

Forged in the Barrens is Probably the Next Hearthstone Expansion

First up, we have a Reddit submission that appears to reveal the Chinese logo for the next Hearthstone expansion. The name translates to "Forged in the Barrens" according to this Redditor.

 
 

That's not the only leak, though! A separate Reddit submission shows off some new promotional images that prominently feature a Tauren as a hero icon. It also lists the name «Закаленные Степями». Google's machine translation says that this means "Tempered by the Steppes" — a name that's awfully close to Forged in the Barrens.

Finally, we have a report from hearthstone-decks.net that the filename for the above teaser trailer also mentions the name Forged in the Barrens, adding further credence to the preceding leaks.

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When is the Hearthstone: Forged in the Barrens Release Date?

There's not yet an announcement for the Hearthstone: Forged in the Barrens release date. However, the odds are good that we'll see a proper reveal of the next Hearthstone expansion at Blizzconline starting tonight at 5:00 PM EST.

Going by the 2021 Blizzconline schedule, we may see the game's newest expansion revealed during the opening ceremony. Failing that, it would likely make its debut at 6:00 PM EST during the Hearthstone Deep Dive panel.

As always, you should take these leaks with a grain of salt; I haven't been able to independently confirm anything outside of these screenshots and there's always the possibility of fakes floating around. That said, the overall theme of the trailer and these three separate sources for leaks are a pretty good indicator of what's coming next.

Do you think the next Hearthstone expansion is Forged in The Barrens? What iconic Warcraft location would you like to see the game head to next? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!