artwork5-fullIt's been a few months, but we're still not quite over the shock that Blizzard is making an iPad game. It doesn't help that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft looks so rad, either.

Anyway, the reason why we're bringing this up today is because Blizzard has posted a new dev blog about the free-to-play CCG, confirming that it's basically feature complete and might go into beta within the next few weeks. This pertains to the PC version, mind, but progress on that build can only mean good things for the iPad version.

A snippet from the post:

"Our overall focus has shifted onto fixing bugs and improving our infrastructure so that it can support a larger number of players. We’re making good progress, and while we definitely won’t fix every bug before releasing the beta, we do think it’s important to address any issues that would pull focus away from the core game experience. What that means is that we’re not days away from launching the beta, but we’re not months away either."

If you're too excited to wait for a potential iPad beta, it'll be possible to get into this one. The first wave, naturally, will be your typical kinda "closed" kind of thing, but down the line Blizzard guarantees that everyone with a Battle.Net account and the eventual client will be given access.

So, what's up with the iPad version, by the way? This post touches on it:

"Although our top priority is getting the beta out for Windows and Mac, we haven’t taken our sights off the iPad. In fact, the team hit an awesome milestone with our iPad development not too long ago with our first end-to-end test of cross-platform play. One of our team members jumped into the Hearthstone App on his iPad, saw his Battle.net buddy who happened to be playing on the PC, chatted with him and then went head-to-head in a vicious cross-platform duel. For the record: iPad 1: PC 0."

Hearthstone is still so far out that it's hard to tell when the iPad version will hit. We'll definitely let you know as soon as we do, though. Also, give that post a read if you're into seeing where the game is at out now -- there's a bunch of cool info in it.

  • iOSPeace

    So basically this is a WOW card game. As the App Store needs another one....

    • speedyph

      KIDD U R RUBBING ME THE WRONG WAY THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER CARD GAME IT'S BLIZZARD CARD GAME UHH THE ONLY PEOPLE TO MAKE THE MOST POPULAR PC GAME NOT THOSE THROW AWAY CARD GAMES AN THAT GAMELOFT CRAP

      • iOSPeace

        Kid I just shit my pants reading your reply lulz. I wish they would just make WoW a single player and or multiplayer game for the iOS. Now that would be amazing

      • Eseres

        I second that! A WoW for iPad would be super cool!

    • RamazAdelphos

      Kid you are crazy, I mean I had the same reaction too at first. But then I saw the developer was Blizzard was like :O. This game is gunna be good

  • ScotDamn

    This gives me more time to get an iPad without feeling left out. I don't even like these card battle games bit this one looks sick.

    • ScotDamn

      AND it's Blizzard! Kids best recognize! Haha

    • andrew9oh7

      I agree,card games usually bore me.but this one looks amazing

  • Tizz986

    I will support blizzard iOS games as much as I can. Blizzard is one of the few companies left that can still turn out hit games, making them the possible catalyst to AAA titles on the iPad.

    As much as XCOM was a good example of a true paid game bringing quality to the platform, blizzard could change everything.

    • themostunclean

      One of the few companies that can still turn out hit games? Are you kidding? One of the few companies that can still turn a profit from decades-old IPs, maybe.

      I can list dozens of companies on multiple platforms doing wonderful work and creating amazing games.

      And let's not forget Blizzard is part of Activision (just typing that name makes my mouth taste like vomit).

      • Protoman

        Thank you, someone finally making some sense around here. I got confused by all the people here down on both knees, mouths agape, for a company like actiblizzard.

  • ste86uk

    I'm still heartbroken that I won't be able to play on an iPhone. I miss World of Warcraft and at least this might have been some kind of patch so I can truck on.

    Going to have to save for a pad just for this.

  • UnSurreal

    can't wait.

  • MartianLM

    Request to the author - "CCG" is a bit of a niche abbreviation, not everyone knows it. I got all excited reading the post until I saw the replies saying it was a trading card game :p

    • dreaddead1

      The acronym has been in use for nearly 20yrs (if not more)! If you can't deduce its meaning try a quick google.

  • Reignmaker

    Aside from Ascension (which is an excellent deck-building game), I've been purposely avoiding card games on the iOS in anticipation for this release. With Blizzard, you know this will be a quality offering with a huge following of players.

  • Protoman

    Wow, really? I haven't been into a blizzard game since WoW came out. What a way to ruin a really well put together and thought out world.

  • john360

    Car game?! Ill pass, no offence but another card game in ios it doesnt really excite me, i love blizzard games but i guess not this one for the first time.

  • polymorphism40

    Looking forward to it's release!

  • spawn12345

    Damn... Didnt know toucharcade had so many 10 year olds....