‘Hearthstone’ Set to Hit iPhone “Early Next Year”

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If you’re one of the many people who always races to the comments of any Hearthstone (Free) story to post the requisite “WTF BLIZZ" in regards to when in the world the game is coming to the iPhone, we got a half-answer today in part of a development update by Blizzard. There’s a pretty slick infographic and the following relevant tidbit:

We’re also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it’s become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don’t feel like we’ll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.

If Blizzard’s reputation has shown us anything, it’s that they’re not going to release a product until it’s at 100% of the quality level we’ve come to expect of Blizzard games. While clever jailbreakers have figured out how to get the iPad game to run on their iPhones, the experience by no means meets the Blizzard standard. Hopefully we’ll get a tease of what the iPhone interface will be like in a couple weeks at Blizzcon?

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