While I was in Nashville for the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con, I got an email from Blizzard welcoming me to the Hearthstone BETA. I am still recovering from the Convention, which was the 2nd biggest Con I’ve been to (the largest so far, and my first, was WonderCon). Be looking for several articles about Wizard World Nashville and, once I’ve tested through Hearthstone, a review of the Beta.
I eagerly await this game coming to iPad, but will suffer through it on my MacBook Pro for now. All joking aside, it is one of the most exciting games, for me, to come from Blizzard in years.
Today, Blizzard Entertainment announced Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard has also set up a YouTube channel with some videos giving you a glimpse into this new game.
In the next video from Blizzard, you’ll see the game being played. I’d like to point out that it appears that the game may be available for multiple platforms. With two views of the video I’ve noticed it being played on a PC via an Intuos and what appears to be an Apple iPad. The tablet could, of course, be an Android tablet. The gaming communities hope would be that it’s available everywhere; PC/Mac and iOS/Android devices.
Hearthstone: Gameplay and Behind-The-Scenes
Hearthstone is a fast paced online collectible card game. It’s geared for the beginner as well as the advanced card player. Chris Metzen explains the impact that other such games, like Magic: The Gathering, had on the early development of Blizzard’s company culture. For the development of this game, Blizzard took a more low key approach. Bringing together a 15 man team of do-it-all experts, they worked to create something Epic in play, but not size. Hearthstone’s mechanics will be familiar to players of TCGs and CCGs and spells, items, and monsters will be familiar to previous Blizzard gamers.
The artwork for the game is a major selling point. With a card game being such a visual sport, it’s nice to have a huge library of fantasy art to pull from. On a personal note, I’ve been wanting to get into the World of Warcraft TCG for years, but haven’t had the time or space to do so. I think Hearthstone looks very promising and I’ll be patiently awaiting a Beta invite.
If you have played Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, then leave a comment or send a message!