Blizzard Entertainment invites Android™ gamers to a friendly fireside duel—Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ is now available for Android tablet devices! Players in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download the game for free on Google Play™, with the worldwide rollout on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android coming in the days ahead.We're currently wading through the huge number of new cards from the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion for review, and will post up our thoughts once we're convinced we've got enough out of the mechanically-driven new cards for a thorough review, so stay tuned.
Hearthstone players on Android tablets have access to all of the exciting features and content available in the Windows, Mac, and iPad® versions of the game—including the recently released first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes™, which adds more than 120 new cards and an all-new type of minon, Mechs. Players can purchase Goblins vs Gnomes card packs in the in-game shop for gold or real-world currency, earn cards as Arena rewards, or craft them using Arcane Dust.
To celebrate the launch on Android and help new players start their collection, anyone who starts one game in any mode on their Android tablet will receive one free Classic card pack from the original Hearthstone set.
Naxxramas is a floating necropolis filled with the stuff of nightmares. In Hearthstone, the Naxxramas Adventure will have players use their deck of choice to take on a host of creepy-crawly bosses in a series of card battles representing the five different wings of Naxxramas.Each wing of Naxxramas will be playable over a five week period with entry payable by either in-game Gold or real-money. There's no word on when the mode will drop, but that Blizzard is even announcing should tell you it's not too far away.
Victors will earn cards along the way, leaving a trail of defeated bosses in their wake, and ultimately unlock a chest containing an all-new Legendary card at the end of each wing! Curse of Naxxramas will add a total of 30 brand-new cards to Hearthstone, which players will be able to add to their decks only by completing the Adventure. Each boss will bring its own unique abilities, minions, Hero art, and taunt-filled emotes to the playing table.
It’s this level of polish and accessibility that Blizzard have infused into Hearthstone that make it a great success, no matter how you feel about card games. If Hearthstone looks too static and boring or even too simplified and limited, you’ll be hard pressed after playing the game to not want to spend more time in this wonderful off-shoot of the Warcraft universe.Check out our full Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review to see our thoughts on the new free-to-play title.
As soon as you jump in you’ll challenge iconic Warcraft characters, including the ferocious Hogger, the mischievous Millhouse Manastorm, and the wise Lorewalker Cho. As you progress through these introductory missions, you’ll hone your card-slinging skills in preparation for a climactic battle against Illidan Stormrage! You are not prepared . . . for this much fun!Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available initially on Windows and Max, though Blizzard are planning for iPad support shortly. Android device, iPhone, and Windows tablet versions are in development and will be available in the future.
Once you’ve completed the introductory missions, you’ll have access to all of Hearthstone’s exciting offerings. Practice against the AI and you’ll be on your way toward unlocking all nine of the original World of Warcraft classes: Mage, Priest, Druid, Rogue, Shaman, Hunter, Paladin, Warrior, and Warlock! You can also challenge your friends to a duel, test your might against other players in ranked and casual Play mode matches, or fine-tune your mastery of deck construction for fantastic rewards in the Arena. An endless variety of decks are just waiting for you to build and play!
As open beta is still a beta phase, we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand to play Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable open beta account activations for a time until we’re ready to take on more players.Currently the Open Beta is available just to North American folk (which includes us Oceanic players) however Blizzard has stated that they are rolling out access over the next few days so don't panic.
"We are monitoring card balance over time, and without your continued testing efforts, we wouldn’t have the necessary data we need in order to make changes to cards that may warrant them. This should be our last big set of balance changes; once we go live, we plan to make very few card changes, and only if they are absolutely necessary."Blizzard has yet to reveal exactly when we can expect Hearthstone to go into open beta, though with the final patch arriving soon it seems the wait won't be for long. The open beta was originally scheduled for release around Christmas time last year, however that was delayed to add extra polish and squash some bugs.
Other questions include looking at virtual tournaments, paid content additions and current deck interest, all of which suggest that Blizzard are preparing to be quite active with their newest IP.
Raids (cooperative play vs. a single, powerful boss) "Observer" mode, allowing you to view live battles Chat channels beyond the emotes Recorded replay of your last match Set up multiple profiles within one Hearthstone account