Good news if you’re attending PAX East this weekend. Good news if you’re not. Blizzard Entertainment has announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft; a cross-platform free-to-play strategy card game that will be hitting Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad after making its debut today at PAX East in Boston. Attendees will be able to go hands-on with the game, and Blizzard will begin beta testing soon thereafter.
Fans of Warcraft will feel right at home in Hearthstone, in which they will build card decks centered around one of nine familiar Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, glory, and the chance to win awesome new cards.
The game will feature hundreds of cards from which to choose, with a wide range of spells, weapons, and characters that offer limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning deck-building strategies.
Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on—or have never given any of that much thought—they’ll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action.
In addition to honing their skills in practice matches against the computer and taking on their buddies via their Battle.net® friends list, players can challenge each other in two competitive game modes. “Play Mode” features traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way. And for a different type of challenge, players can enter “The Forge,” where they start each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they’re missing.
Further details about Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be announced throughout development. For now, you can learn more about the game by visiting www.PlayHearthstone.com.
If you’re really impatient (or just feeling ambitious), you can apply for a job at Blizzard and learn about Hearthstone and their other games in development firsthand.