One of the best parts of a game getting as huge as Hearthstone [Free] is people feverishly data mining update files. If you're new to Blizzard patch data mining, in a supreme, over-simplified, nutshell it means people dig through the game's files looking for anything new that wasn't in the old version. Graphical assets, sound files, text strings, and other things like that are all revealed by Hearthpwn as the patch hit the PC/Mac client this afternoon.

Of particular note is a series of text strings found in the game that pertain to the game being playable on the iPhone. Specifically, there's an achievement for playing the game on an iPhone which rewards one expert card pack. Additionally, another text string reveals the device requirements: "Sorry, Hearthstone requires an iPhone 4s or iPod Touch 5 or later."

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Now, before you go accusing us of reading internet tea leaves here, consider this- Goblins vs Gnomes was data mined in the same way which revealed the Android version of Hearthstone. Goblins vs Gnomes launched a few days later on December 8th, then the Android version of Hearthstone was released a week later on the 15th. Following this same timing, Hearthstone will be released on the iPhone on April 9th. Or, it could go live this week on the 2nd. Either way, it's definitely happening inside the next two weeks.

  • Kyle

    Oh Dear Gawd! My life will considerable change. I've been waiting for this from the start and will welcome playing it on my commutes to work.

    • Eidaven

      I hope you don't drive to work... Lol

    • Roleki

      So you have an internet connection during your commute - lucky you! I have a three-hour commute with patchy 4G/3G connection, so games that require full-time internet are a no go for me. It's annoying. How can they call it "mobile gaming"?

      • Kyle

        i take the bus here in chicago, and i've had no problems with connectivity. So for me.. it will be a very nice 25-35 minutes of play time (not to mention the amount of time I play before I leave for work on my iPad)

      • Zero Ehxe

        I agree. My standard practice is to turn airplane mode on and if a game won't boot I delete it. So many games feel the need to send and receive information or even have an always on connection when it's unnecessary. There are plenty of great games that don't and I'll play those instead.
        Anything by Blizzard will be an exception, though I hope there is some sort of offline mode.

      • misterK

        I used to use my phone as a personal hotspot so my iPad could play the game in the car, and I was shocked at how little amount of data a game used up. Like less than a MB if I remember correctly for a 15 min game

      • Kyle

        i can't do the hotspot with my phone or I'll lose my grandfathered unlimited data with AT&T. I've been with them since the Cingular days and my bill is lower then most because I've been with them so long. Thought about jailbreaking but so far I can live without for my iPad

      • skubish

        If you aren't playing against people you are playing it wrong.

    • the_rebel14

      I'm going to guess you ride a train or a bus and won't be playing this while driving, right?

      • Kyle

        yep, usually i just read my blogs or podcasts. but this will be nice to get to play. I have an iPad but it's wifi only. and plus, here in chicago, i wouldn't chance bringing out my iPad for all to see.

      • the_rebel14

        Smart move. Depending on how long your commute is, you could make some serious progress in Hearthstone playing it everyday like that!

  • brydude111

    This is awesome

  • spader623

    4S or higher? I'm surprised it's not at least 5 or even 6 (going by what the data miners found) BUT, that said, I'm very hopeful it's true since I have a 5C and can't get an upgrade until December. GIVE ME IT PLEASE <3

    • forsakenxe

      iPad 2 is also minimum hardware for hearthstone but it's slow, crashes and is no pleasure to play. I expect similar for iPhone 4s.

      • Mr_ C_

        I played on iPad 3 (the first one with retina) and it is slow there, too.

        On the other hand I think it will be right at home on my iPhone 6+

      • Mike

        It's very nice on the iPad 4, no problems whatsoever, looking forward to being able to play on my iphone 5s though, I'll be able to play in restaurants, or on bathroom and lunch breaks at work, etc.

      • SpoomMcKay

        Once you've played Banner Saga on an older device you can pretty much get through anything.

  • markaman

    About time

  • Chris

    Yes please!!!

  • Anonomation

    What the hell? In that pic it's a blue 5C

    • Nekko

      What's so surprising about a blue 5C?

  • TurboRuhland

    Oh god finally.

  • falco

    Cool stuff about time Blizzard!

  • The Nothing

    Please be this week. Please be this week. Please be this week...

  • Wizard_Mike

    Sooooo looking forward to iPhone support!

  • HollywoodLights1992

    I've always wanted to play Hearthstone but the app being iPad only kept me away--not because I don't have an iPad but because my phone is more convenient.

    If this is true I'll definitely be jumping on board.

  • Joshua Woodward

    I shall sacrifice $20 to the Hearthstone Gods if such a feat were to happen this early April! Makes me wish I opted for the molten card pack...

  • ciontX

    My iphone 4 will be so useful...

  • SpoomMcKay

    FINALLY.

  • Dailon Huskey

    Thanks for the heads up! Finally 🙂

  • Retro Nug

    Yes!

  • Nekko

    If this is true and it does come out, I'll definitely be buying some packs as a 'thank you' to Blizzard 🙂

  • Dennis

    I hope this is true!!

  • MrThickDick

    It should have been iPhone 5 and up imo, the 4s screen is so tiny. In any case, I can't wait, I can finally get rid of my iPad 🙂

  • Oynox

    This weeks patch is live, no iPhone support. Therefore it will be next week hopefully!

    • houseofg

      Thanks for the update. Hope so!

  • Papa Deuce

    I have me.ver played this even though I am a 10 year wow player... Scale of 1 to 10, how hard is it to learn to play decently?

    • unexpect3rd

      actually it doesnt matter if you are a WOW player or not, more importantly is whether you have played other similar games (ie strategic / deck building card game). The game is simple enough to learn, but if you are not accustomed to deck building games, you'll find certain aspect of the game taunting and turn off-ish.

  • bubby525

    So I don't know if it's just me but hearthstone is loading on my iPhone like I mean usually it'll say it's not available for iPhone but now it's trying to load it up so they might be working on putting it on the App Store sooner rather than later

  • nazim

    Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg I hope this is true!!!! Can't wait!

  • loox

    I posted a link showing blizzard stating that the iPhone version is coming later, but soon, with no announcement date set yet. I did this to help, because I too can't wait. But it was removed? Did I do something wrong?

  • Quix

    April fools

  • ahfusim

    iphone version will be new server? or just share same data as ipad version?

  • raviadso1

    Where is it? I want eeeeet!

  • vtcajones

    Here's hoping today at 1pm ET!

    • PHP Moz

      Didn't happen...