Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the latest card game from Blizzard, announced at PAX East.
Blizzard has just announced a free-to-play online card came “for everyone.” The announcement came this morning from PAX East and follows the mythology surrounding the world of Warcraft. You can play as one of nine World of Warcraft classes, collect cards, and battle people online.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has no release date yet, but it is expected for PC and Mac with the iPad version to follow soon after. The beta is being launched this summer, and you can sign up for it right now at Blizzard’s website.
Much like Marvel’s War of Heroes, it costs you nothing to play, but, in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, you will have to pay for extra cards. The game features over 300 cards and uses Battle.net’s matchmaking for online competitions. You’ll build your deck according to your class and can micromanage your deck as much as you like or let the game automatically choose your deck for you. A medal ranking system categorizes duelists by skill, similar to Starcraft II.
In each deck you earn or buy for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the cards are randomly selected from common, rare, epic, and legendary forms.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft uses a 3D dueling engine which throws all the visual tricks you can handle at you, going all out like all of Blizzard‘s latest games. The visuals are impressive considering the team Blizzard created to build the game was only 15 people and said visuals are said to be fast. The developers put all of their creative effort into this online card came.
These days it appears that all card games are heading online. Even YuGiOh! Has an online card game on Xbox Live Arcade, and Pokemon has evolved past the cards into its own videogame series.
What do you think of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft?