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During the Blizzcon 2013 opening ceremonies, Blizzard announced a few important details for its free-to-play card battle game: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft.

While we already knew that Hearthstone was announced and is coming soon for iPad, today it was announced that Hearthstone would also hit iPhone as well as Android devices. Unfortunately, the announcement also came with details that the mobile versions would most likely not hit until "the second half of next year."

The tablet version is also on the floor to check out, so check back for some first hand impressions later on.

  • http://www.super-terrific.com/blog/ danhhoang

    This should be good. I wonder what kind of IAP would be involved.

    • PallaZ

      I'll tell you. Like every other ordinary TCG you can buy boosters. In one hand you earn gold by winning your games and buy boosters with gold, in the other hand you can purchase boosters directly. If I remember correctly you can claim 5-7 boosters à 5 cards for 8€. The more you buy, the better the deal. A single booster is about 2,50€.
      Every booster contains at least 1 rare/epic/legendary card. It is possible to get 5 of those in one booster, but..this is only theoretical.

      This is what I can tell you from the close beta. I hope this game is in sync with the PC client.

      If you want to know about the gameplay: it's pretty close to Magic, but without the mana system by cards. And there are traps like yugioh, but connected to various circumstances. "If enemy attack...then", "if enemy plays card...then"

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    • JJE McManus

      It's a good game despite the fact that you will drop $60+ to get competitive.
      My only concern is that with all the coverage it gets now that core gamers will have moved on for the most part by the time it shows up.
      The real interesting component of building decks will be seriously worked out and posted online.
      Blizzard will still book a ton of money though.

      • andrew9oh7

        Please find a card game cheaper then hearthstone

      • JJE McManus

        I don't deny that. I would dare say treat it like a AAA game and invest from the very beginning. Rumors I've heard that your card collection is the same across platforms is even more incentive. But to collect Legendaries and the inevitable Expansions will cost nontrivial amounts of money.

    • sbrevolution5

      The thing is that you can get the cards through playing, so unless you want to instantly have a ballet deck you shouldn't need to pay

      • JJE McManus

        Grinding in the Arena requires a solid understanding of deck synergies. Not something a beginner is going to have in a few days of playing. The payouts for winning arenas still seems low, though always welcome.

  • Tizz986

    It's just the iPhone/Android version that is 2nd half of next year. The iPad client is feature complete and is in internal beta. It's supposed to release along with or soon after the desktop client.

    • Nick

      Yeah they weirdly buried the lede under the planet and half the way to New Mexico.

      Eric - please edit and clarify, even knowing that hearthstone was in active iPad beta, or preparing to enter it, this news freaked me the hell out because you didn't clarify the tentative iPad launch date.

      Change "for iOS" to "iPhone" and clarify ths the iPad version is still on schedule in the title, please.

      • mreford

        At the opening ceremony they didn't differentiate between the iPad version and the other iPhone/Android versions just announced.

        We're going to be talking with some folks later today regarding Hearthstone and iOS I'll try and clarify with them.

  • isrealgibbs

    In a Blizzard it's hard to move fast! Bummed I gotta wait for another year!!

  • Nekku

    I don't mind an wow card game...just give us WoW Vanilla :>

  • PresidentZer0

    All I want is world of worldcraft for ios :P

    • Daniel Noah

      Didn't Gameloft make War of Worldcraft?

      JK, rippin on GL

  • hourglass

    Another card game for iOS.

    No. Stop it right now.

    • B3nlok

      Exactly. Give me the real deal or gtfo.

    • Tizz986

      Not just another card game. Blizzard is the Apple of video games. They are not first to the party on almost anything, but when they do something it's normally done better than everyone else.

      Everyone should wish this game well on iOS even if you hate card games and Warcraft. Blizzard WILL push the platform forward for gaming if they bring other titles over.

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        But... I like Apple. All I associate Blizzard with is grinding, and not even particularly interesting grinding.

      • isblackhawk

        I'm sorry, but I don't think you're thinking of the right company. Warcraft 1-3 did not include any kind of microtransaction. Neither Starcraft game has either. World of warcraft has cosmetic things for real money like pets and mounts but that's it. Diablo 3 has the real money auction house on pc, but it's on it's way out. When I think of blizzard, I think of feature complete, highly polished products

      • Nick

        The auction house was a huge failure and it got shut down because of the massive hate the fanbase levied against it.

      • andrew9oh7

        Oh no! One mess up.how DARE they

      • Nick

        Uh, it was a huge, moronic and disgusting mess-up that turned a game all about killing and looting into a game that you pay to win.

        Diablo was ALWAYS about the loot, and the RMAH was nothing more than Blizzard trying to suck money from their addicted fans. They take a big chunk of the final sale price, so they were making money hand over fist. It makes the ability to buy stupid hats from TF seem like nothing, and that's saying a lot.

        And that's far from the only "mess up" Blizzard has made, it's just their biggest/most boneheaded mess-up.

      • Frédéric Bolduc

        And they apologized and fixed it. You can't say that for many companies. Hell, we're still waiting for Battlefield 4 to be actually playable

      • RellekWVU

        You're either uninformed or you have the wrong company. I'm not going to repeat what the guy above me already stated, but your comment is way off the mark my friend.

      • mconeone

        Seriously, I'm in the beta and this game gives mtg a run for its money. It's so fast, you can attack with any creature any time during your turn, and most creatures cant block. Mana and health are the only two resources. Mana crystals are like land in mtg, except you always get one per turn, to a max of 10 on turn 10.

  • ste86uk

    I was considering buying an iPad for this and a few other iPad titles I really wanted but I'm very happy to get it on my phone. Too long to wait though!

  • blackbear219

    I'm in the beta. I hadn't played a card game in probably 15 years, but this is a fantastic game.

    I use Splashtop to play it on my iPad already, but a native client will be nice.

  • Fastbridge

    I've been watching this game being played on twitch tv for the past 2 months. I must say I really like what I see and I can promise you this game will be a hit. And you really don't need to pay anything. Especially if you beat people in the tournament mode you gain extra gold

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Ummm... am I the only one who thinks that by now they should be able to have a version of the original StarCraft for iPad? Imagine playing that on a touch screen. I'd happily pay the same as the original game if there are no IAP...