Blizzard Dev Responds to Hearthstone's Deathstalker Rexxar Controversy, Says It's a Localization Issue

Blizzard Dev Responds to Hearthstone's Deathstalker Rexxar Controversy, Says It's a Localization Issue

A Blizzard dev's response.

The Hearthstone community is currently upset about finding the limitations of a new card that was just introduced in the last expansion.

Players have discovered that the hero power for Deathstalker Rexxar, which lets players combine two beasts into a single Zombeast, can't be used on any of the new beast cards in the latest Kobolds and Catacombs expansion.

Blizzard's Mike Donais, a lead developer in Hearthstone, issued an explanation on the matter:

"The challenge was not a coding one. It was combining 2 text boxes into one across 15 languages. A lot of things that work ok in English don't work as well in other languages. When text is written for a card, it has very specific templates and line breaks and spacing to make it fit and look good and some languages actually have very different rules and would surprise you what they have to do."

Donais says that combining text boxes, which happens when making a new Zombeast, is a localization undertaking. Which is why specific Zombeasts are limited to ones already sanctioned.

Deathstalker Rexxar's hero power, Build-A-Beast, is a two mana ability that players were eager to keep playing with in newer DLC. The power was introduced fairly recently during the previous expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne.

The new discovery of the power's limitations really soured the community as they believed this power would carry over into future expansions, opening up more and more new Zombeasts to play around with. In fact, it appears to be the opposite as the pool of potential Zombeasts will remain limited.

Some have also accused the card of having diminishing returns as some beasts cards could rotate out of play. This would make the pool of potential combination cards even smaller.

Donais' explanation hasn't really sat well with the community, who've responded by posting images of existing situations where this text box rule doesn't seem to apply.

Elsewhere, the Hearthstone subreddit and officials forums have been blowing up in light of this discovery. Some players are demanding refunds, while others are hoping that Blizzard will open up new Zombeast combinations in the future as later additions.

Nevertheless, Donais said that he will pass on these complaints to the localization department. We will update this story as it develops.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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