Blizzard just announced its next new game at PAX East called "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft." Hearthstone looks pretty interesting and according to the FAQ:

"Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose to play as one of nine epic Warcraft heroes, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent."

Since I really enjoy Magic: The Gathering I am interested in Hearthstone. Essentially its a free to play CCG that you can play online in a few minutes. Sound like it could be fun.

I know a few people have scoffed that this isn't anything new because its based on the existing Warcraft franchise. After thinking about it some, it really makes sense that this game is in the Warcraft universe as it already has a pretty deep canon and the characters are pretty well known. I played the living junk out of Warcraft 3 and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne so most of the heroes they showcased were well known to me.

Its interesting to see Blizzard pair down a project for a small team and release it on PC, Mac and the iPad. I think this game has the ability to be quite huge, because of its free to play nature and Blizzards huge sway with players. That said, I can see where some might "meh" this game. Wherein I am not foaming at the mouth for this one, when it drops I will pick it up and play it for sure. Will I buy some in game decks? Well, typically I don't but if the game is good enough ill kick them a few coins to keep things going. But if this is like previous Blizzard titles, they won't have much of a problem paying the bills for this one.

Also wondering if they plan on doing a physical release of this game as actual playable cards if it does well?

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/faq/

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/24/2013 at 02:33am

To the point about the physical release, Wizard of the Coast already did a series of WoW cards. I haven't seen any info about whether this is based at all on that card game, but if not I do wonder why. From what I heard it was a good game.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/24/2013 at 05:52am

Yeah, this seems different. WoW has a few licensed games too.. Board games and such.

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