We'll soon be dungeon crawling with Kobolds in the upcoming Hearthstone expansion. But from the sound of it, Blizzard's original concept was very different.
In an interview with our sister site Eurogamer, Blizzard senior designer Peter Whalen revealed that Kobolds and Catacombs was originally known as "Blingtron's Lootapolooza."
Like Kobolds and Catacombs, Blingtron's Lootapolooza would have revolved around loot—the main theme that Blizzard wanted to explore for the set. But instead of Kobolds, the main star would have been Goblin-made Blingtron robots that first debuted in World of WarCraft.
As the expansion's mechanics evolved, though, Blizzard moved away from the Blingtron concept.
"It could have remained a fun set as Blingtron's Lootapolooza, but with the Kobolds, and the things which the Kobolds find while digging, those sorts of things wouldn't have been there," Whalen said. "So we might have always had a giant enemy doing X or Y, but now it's a Kobold riding a giant mole. It provides flavor when we're doing the art and text, for sure."
The finished expansion, which is due next week, will include legendary weapons, as well as Spellstone cards that can be buffed as the match progresses. It will also include solo Dungeon Runs in which you start with a novice deck and try to beat a succession of randomized enemies.
From the sound of it, the expansion would have been more or less the same whether Blizzard had gone with Kobolds or robots; but you have to admit, the Blingtrons would have been pretty fun.
Kobolds and Catacombs will be out December 7. You can read about all the new mechanics and cards here.