HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft collectible card game revealed by Blizzard at PAX East

Friday, 22nd March 2013 14:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard has revealed its new title in the works at PAX East, and it’s a free-to-play affair called HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The firm wasn’t lying when it said back in February it would be revealing “a little something, different from our other games,” at the event.

The free-to-play game is a turn-based, online collectable card game where said cards are placed on a virtual table, like many other games in the genre, but Blizzard said it will be more in-depth than other CCG games on the market.

“We’ve always loved collectible card games at Blizzard, so it’s been exciting to bring everything we love about the genre to life in Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and co-founder. “We’re putting a lot of focus into creating a fun new game that’s easy to pick up and play, but also has a lot of depth. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Various cards will be available for purchase, and at present the packs will cost around $1 each. This may change though.

The game will make use of, and 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.

“The Forge” has players starting each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants.

A release date was not provided, but upon release it will land on PC, Mac, and iPad.

A beta will launch this summer. Looking for Hearthstone strategies? We’ve got you covered.



  1. Talkar

    Considering that every game has been a game Blizzard developed because they played something similar, and wanted to create their own thing, this isn’t such a bad idea.

    WarCraft –> Warhammer
    StarCraft –> Warhammer 40K
    This and the TCG –> Magic the Gathering
    WoW –> Everquest

    I actually like how they just develop what they think is cool as nerds, because more often than not it turns out to be pretty damn amazing for people as me. Now, if they could just get back on either WarCraft IV or SC:G…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. redwood

    SC:G is never ever gonna happen am pretty sure about that, however WC4 will happen the only problem with that is the expiry date on WOW, cause the way i see it good buisness would be to release the WoW with wc4.. so that it has a monumental marketing shift. but that’s just all assumptions right now, we will have to just see what they do..
    btw in the smaller thumbnail both the orcs look “male” O_O no? kthanx

    #2 2 years ago
  3. redwood

    am just waiting till blizzard starts making it’s own movies.. they do top notch CGi .. almost rivaling (and sometimes beating) blur

    #3 2 years ago

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