Blizzard Entertainment, creators of StarCraft, Diablo and WarCraft, have unveiled their newest title and it is not what anyone was expecting. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play strategy card game on Windows, Mac and the iPad.
Set in the WarCraft universe, Hearthstone will see players duel against opponents with customized decks of virtual cards. If you are having trouble wrapping your head around that, picture Magic: The Gathering but with a WarCraft theme to it. Players will initially choose a hero to play as and build their card decks with spells, weapons and minions.
Each card will fall into either a basic or expert card set. Basic cards will be gained every time you play the game, while expert cards can only be received via random packs of cards. Blizzard has said that all the cards can be obtained by just playing the game but players can also purchase packs of cards to bolster their collection.
During my one match of play, the game was very easy to get into by just tapping cards and placing them in play and it responded quite well to the touch commands on the iPad. That said, each card has different attributes and effects on the game and I often felt like I was just tossing cards out to see what would happen. There is an underlying depth to the cards though and as with any card game, continued play is the only way to truly gain the experience needed to master the game.
Graphically the game is quite simple but don’t take that as a slight. After all, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a card game and while simple from a technical standpoint, it has a nice charming look to it.
As of right now, Blizzard has no information on when they plan to release Hearthstone and knowing their development process of, we’ll release it when it we feel we’ve gotten it perfect, there might be a bit of a wait to get our hands on it. However, Blizzard will be having a beta for the game that players can sign up for using their Battle.net account.