Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard Entertainment’s latest installment in the Warcraft franchise. It was announced during a presentation at the Penny Arcade Expo in March 2013. The beta for Hearthstone will start in summer 2013, and it is currently set for a 2013 release on PC and Mac, with an iPad release coming later.
So, what is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and what can you expect from it?
If you have ever played a collectible trading card game (or CCG), such as Magic: The Gathering or Pokemon, then you will have an idea of what Hearthstone is.
Hearthstone is a digital CCG that aims to bring you all the same fun and excitement of traditional CCGs but in a digital environment and set in the Warcraft universe. The focus of Hearthstone is to provide you with a fast-paced, casual CCG that is both easy to pick up but still has a lot of deep and involved strategy.
Because Hearthstone is both digital and is being designed to be a fast-paced casual game, it’s perfect for anyone that loves to play CCGs but doesn’t have as much time to get too involved.
As I said before, Hearthstone is a fast-paced game. This may sound strange for a card game, but with some matches only lasting around ten minutes, you can see how Hearthstone could be considered fast-paced, at least compared to the average CCG.
The gameplay itself is designed to be very simple and easy to get used to. However, it still lends itself to complex and in-depth strategies.
Most of the strategy in Hearthstone comes from building your deck around certain cards or a certain playstyle. This isn’t unlike most other CCGs in which you build your own deck, and it allows you to create some very unique strategies. On the other hand, what if you’re not the strategic type and just want to play a card game? Hearthstone will include an automated deck-builder that will either pick all the cards for you, or help guide you through the process of making your own.
You can also “craft” your own cards in the forge by essentially destroying some of your extra cards to get materials, which can be used to create other cards. This is good if you have a bunch of the same card that you want to get rid of. This way you can get rid of your extra cards you don’t want and use the materials to craft a new one that you do want.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be completely free to play. Once it’s released you can download it for free and start playing straight away. You can earn all of the cards in the game for free just by playing, as well.
You can spend money buying more cards if you wish to get them all faster than by just playing. This will give you a slight advantage over players that don’t pay by giving you a chance at the best cards faster. Blizzard has said they are currently looking at charging $1 per pack of cards, but that may change.
Whether you’re already a fan of the CCG genre, a fan of Warcraft, or just a gamer looking for something different, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is looking to be a great game.
If you wish to know more about the game, be sure to check out the official website here, and check out some gameplay videos on their YouTube channel here.