There were many rumours about Blizzard working on a new project and at the recent PAX East event, Blizzard Entertainment has officially unveiled their next video game project, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The new game will be a collectable card game, similar to the Magic: The Gathering video games based on the real trading cards. The game will be based on the characters and world of the beloved Warcraft universe, one of Blizzard’s most profitable and popular franchises. The game will be free to play and is set to be a multiplatform game, releasing on the PC, Mac and Ipad.
In Hearthstone, players build card decks centered around one of nine iconic Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, glory, and the chance to win awesome new cards. Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on—or have never given any of that much thought—they’ll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action.
In addition to honing their skills in practice matches against the computer and taking on their buddies via their Battle.net friends list, players can challenge each other in two competitive game modes. “Play Mode” features traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way. And for a different type of challenge, players can enter “The Forge,” where they start each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they’re missing.
With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies. Further details aboutHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be announced as development progresses.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be the first Warcraft game released after the successful MMORPG World of Warcraft and its successive expansions. Below are some of the images Blizzard has released for Hearthstone, which compose of concept art, the visuals of the cards and the user interface of the game.
In addition to the images a new cinematic trailer was also released for the game:
If you ever wanted to play a CCG based on the Warcraft universe, then this game is for you. You will be able to play as some of your favourite heroes and even against them in game. No other information about the game has been announced, such as the release date and if there will be micro-transactions for ‘booster packs’. Also there is no confirmation that the game will support cross-platform multiplayer but it is expected to have so. Since this is one of Blizzard’s private projects there is one more game they have not fully shown or made any informative comments about, Titan.
You can check out Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to learn more about the development of the game and how to play at the game’s official website: http://www.playhearthstone.com/