World of Warcraft maker Blizzard announces new digital card game Hearthstone
Free-to-play game aims to make Warcraft universe as open as possible to outsiders
Developers of the cult role-playing game World of Warcraft have unveiled their latest project within the franchise in the form of a 'free-to-play digital strategy card game' called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
Blizzard Entertainment made an announcement at gaming convention Pax East in Boston, Massachusetts, today that a small team had developed Hearthstone and an official website soon followed with further details, including screenshots, a trailer and even links letting gamers sign up to a beta version.
Among the site's FAQs, Blizzard explains what led to the development of the game: "We looooooove collectible card games and have been playing them since our Silicon & Synapse days. Creating a digital strategy card game felt like a natural next step for us, so we put together a small team and have been hammering away at Hearthstone for a while now. We’re excited to be working on something different from our other games, which we’ve wanted to do for a long time. Same goes for creating a game for iPad in addition to PC."
Hearthstone, available for users on Windows and Mac (with iPad expected later) is based around card trading, with players earning cards in-game or buying them for approximately a dollar each.
Blizzard says it has designed Hearthstone to be as accessible as possible for those not familiar with the Warcraft universe, but WoW devotees may find themselves feeling a little luke-warm about the latest announcement, perhaps expecting a new expansion or full game.
Leaving a comment on gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun, a user calling himself Shakermaker said: "This is – for me at least – the most underwhelming news of the year so far."
Life & Style blogs
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name in favour of its Lumia brand
Fake goats’ cheese found in supermarkets
Alternatives to cow’s milk can cause Vitamin D deficiency
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone
St Bees in Cumbria named best place to raise a family in the UK
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£60000 - £70000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 5 month Fixed Term Contract - Telecommunicati...
£26000 per annum + 25 days holiday & further benefits: Ashdown Group: Telecomm...