Blizzard once prototyped a Hearthstone VR game that let you angrily flip the table when you lose

By Emily Gera, Monday, 27 January 2020 17:40 GMT

What would a virtual reality version of Hearthstone look like?

That’s the question that Blizzard once took on, according to the game’s lead effects artist Hadidjah Chamberlin and principle narrative designer Dave Kosak in an interview with games publication PowerUp.

The Hearthstone VR project was the fruit of a two week-long annual event called Free Your Mind, a hackathon put on by Blizzard where small groups of developers work on making their own modifications to popular titles.

In the VR mod – made by just two of Blizzard’s developers – players could meander around virtual reality tavern, throw cards down on the table, and even flip a table over if you lost a game. Or I guess if you won one too, if chaos is your style.

“They actually prototyped a VR version of Hearthstone during that time,” says Chamberlin. “You could walk around the tavern and sit down to play a game with someone. They only had two weeks, so they only got as far [allowing you to] throw cards at the table and you could flip the table over!”

Sadly, Hearthstone VR isn’t likely to ever see the light of day. Kosak says in the interview that he had not wanted to talk about the VR title because everyone would want to see it.

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