After a fairly brief soft-launch period, Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] has finally arrived in the US App Store. Hearthstone is a card battling game set in the Warcraft universe. It was announced at PAX East last year, and went through a rather lengthy beta testing period on desktop. That beta test was eventually opened up to include anyone, and last month the beta finally ended and Hearthstone was released on desktop. Earlier this month Hearthstone officially soft-launched for iPad in select regions, and it was assumed it would be at least a month or two before it was released worldwide.

However, the soft-launch was quicker than expected and today the game is now available. Also, if you're not into the whole online competitive thing, a single-player campaign is currently in the works. if you don't own an iPad or you're on Android, there's good news: an iPhone and Android version of Hearthstone is planned for the second half of this year. If you're interested in Hearthstone, check it out on desktop or the iPad, and look for more platforms to follow later in 2014. Also, there's tons of impressions from our community in this forum thread, so check those out too.

  • Nycteris

    Ok, now I shall buy an iPad mini. Yes. For this.

    • Based Xatu

      Lacking in patience ,are we?

    • mclifford82

      I have a mini and an iPad Air, and recommend the Air if this was a driving reason to get one. It makes a difference. The mini form factor is superior, but the Air is just so sweet. Just my opinion :)

      • Nycteris

        Really? I have been waiting forever unable to decide (and waited for the mini to go retina, but still didn't decide...)

      • mclifford82

        The retina on the mini helps things seem bigger, but the Air is only slightly heavier and the screen is gorgeous, especially for hearthstone

  • Wizard_Mike

    Been waiting for this one!

  • ImJPaul

    iPad only is getting old. Surgeon Simulator, FTL... Now this. I mean I can play them all on my PC so it's not that big of a deal I suppose.

    • cofunguy

      Thus commenting inside a release post will make it happen?? ROFL!!

      • ImJPaul

        ...so funny.

    • Nycteris

      I do agree that since I have FTL and Surgeon Sim on PC I have no desire to get an additional portable version. But I am also not into paying for a game that is $10 on PC when it was $1.99 on iPhone. So everyone will always be upset or left out of something somewhere.

    • gbuell

      Yes, iPad only - except for the other platform you just mentioned. ???

      • mclifford82

        I think he is meaning he wants an iPhone version, which for a game like this makes no sense. I don't even get how that version will work

      • gbuell

        Oh, if that's what he means then I'm with you, I don't get it either. Hearthstone and FTL would both be nearly unplayable. Things shouldn't be forced onto platforms they're unsuited for.

      • ImJPaul

        They said Bastion and KOTOR would be unplayable on iPhone too. They turned out fine. I know the "I want this for my iPhone" complaint is frowned upon in these parts but I couldn't help myself with this one. Haha

      • gbuell

        I have a very difficult time believing KOTOR is any fun at all to play on iPhone, but I haven't tried it so I'll take your word for it.

  • Klonis

    I am waiting for an ipod touch version of the game!

  • Thawkk

    And OF COURSE this finally releases the day before a big exam.

    Oh well, I'm sure Hearthstone will teach me economics somehow.

  • Maglor

    Next Editor's Choice must goes to this...

  • mclifford82

    Been enjoying the Canadian version of the app, which upon launching yells out "SORRY!". I hope that's the only difference.

    Love this game, especially on an LTE iPad Air. Playing on the crapper at work is awesome. Don't judge me. :P

    • Nycteris

      I am imagining the sound of killing Jaraxxus coming from a toilet stall..

    • Alex Ford

      I think this trend of trolling Canadians for being too polite is the only form of trolling I can get behind. Makes me laugh every time. Sorry!

  • ZarieoZ

    Wacom made a pressure sensitive pen for drawing on touch screens. Where the sensitivity is translated through the pen instead of the screen. You just need to use apps compatible with it, most of the important ones are I think, sketchbook & bamboo, maybe procreate too... Just check their update history. Hope this helps.

  • Kakishikimoto Mikachi

    I'm glad this is coming out for the iPhone. I only have Hearthstone for PC, and I'm addicted!

  • Varnes

    I might actually buy a cheap android tablet just to play this on the go XD

  • Vegas Steve

    Why do they always release first for iPad? Do they get a kickback? Recent stats suggest android is taking over.

  • Lorrains Blake

    When will it be available for android ?