Blizzard has unveiled its latest game, although this one is a relatively low-key affair compared to Blizz’s MMORPG juggernaut, even though it bears the Warcraft name.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was announced at PAX East, with beta testing apparently starting soon on this PC, Mac and iPad game.
The long and short of it is that Hearthstone is a deck building card game, which aren’t exactly in short supply. But with the Blizzard name behind it, and nine Warcraft character classes available to choose between for duelling players, it’s guaranteed to get a lot of attention.
The idea is a simple game, but with layers of strategy, or as Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime puts it, “a fun new game that’s easy to pick up and play, but also has a lot of depth.”
Oh, and it’s free to play, too. Of course you’ll be able to make in-game purchases of powerful cards, as well as earning them through victory in battle (and you can scrap existing cards for resources to make new ones, too).
Not that much detail was revealed about the game at PAX, save for the fact that there will be two game modes: Play Mode and The Forge.
Play Mode is a traditional head-to-head duel, whereas The Forge throws a load of players together for matches where they have to build a deck from a new set of cards – and so is a bit more about being adaptable, rather than having your own pre-defined deck and strategy.
The cards themselves will feature spells, weapons, characters, and no doubt other stuff such as mounts. But no grinding for faction (we hope).
We’ll certainly check this one out, because as far as fantasy card games go, we’re getting tired of Orcish bridge.*
*Bidding is conducted with head-butts, everyone plays the dummy, and trumps are best not talked about.