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Blizzard's New Gig is a 'Freemium' Card Trading Game

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

Cardcraft?

Now who can say they saw this coming? Blizzard revealed to PAX East on Thursday not the highly-anticipated Titan MMO or something similar, but a new cross-platform free-to-play strategy card game for Windows, Mac and iPad. It's called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it's slated to enter beta mode "real soon".

"We've always loved collectible card games at Blizzard, so it's been exciting to bring everything we love about the genre to life in Hearthstone," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're putting a lot of focus into creating a fun new game that's easy to pick up and play, but also has a lot of depth. We can't wait to share it with everyone."

The game allows players to build card decks centered on one of nine Warcraft character classes. These decks are then used to battle other players for a chance to win new cards. Gamers can first build up their card playing skills playing in solo mode against the AI, and then take their newfound skills to Battle.net to fight others looking to take your cards.

According to Blizzard, the card game will feature two competitive game modes: "Play" and "The Forge". The former plays host to traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way. "The Forge" is a completely different type of challenge.

"They start each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants," Blizzard said. "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."

Blizzard calls Hearthstone "deceptively simple in design" but "epically engaging", featuring hundreds of cards packed with a wide range of colorful spells, weapons and characters.

"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," Blizzard added.

For more information about the studio's new trading card game, head here. Interested gamers can also sign up for the beta after creating or logging into their Battle.net account.

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    Green Cumber , March 23, 2013 7:05 PM
    i don't buy it
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    Pinhedd , March 23, 2013 7:31 PM
    Is "Freemium" the new PC way of saying "Pay to Win"?
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    ehanger , March 23, 2013 7:18 PM
    I hope this doesn't end up being another P2W, as most F2P games are.
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  • 16 Hide
    Green Cumber , March 23, 2013 7:05 PM
    i don't buy it
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    ehanger , March 23, 2013 7:18 PM
    I hope this doesn't end up being another P2W, as most F2P games are.
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    w0_od , March 23, 2013 7:26 PM
    it will end up like p2w as card packs will likely be avaliable for purchase and there will be "rare " or " premium " cards which are superior to "common " cards and /o allow the creation of decks or themes which are more efficient than normal ones.

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    Pinhedd , March 23, 2013 7:31 PM
    Is "Freemium" the new PC way of saying "Pay to Win"?
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    d_kuhn , March 23, 2013 7:32 PM
    Real Life collectible card games are a ripoff... but at least you get little pieces of paper for the outrageous amount you pay. This looks like the next logical step... you get a few bytes on some server that are 'yours' (as long as you don't piss off Blizzard and they decide not to drop the game) for the outrageous amount you'll have to pay (to win).
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    fearless1333 , March 23, 2013 7:36 PM
    d_kuhnReal Life collectible card games are a ripoff... but at least you get little pieces of paper for the outrageous amount you pay. This looks like the next logical step... you get a few bytes on some server that are 'yours' (as long as you don't piss off Blizzard and they decide not to drop the game) for the outrageous amount you'll have to pay (to win).


    ...Well it's the same with all games isn't it? Pay money for some pixels on a screen that move around and shoot other pixels.
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    Star72 , March 23, 2013 7:38 PM
    I'll stick with Euchre & Texas Hold 'Em with real cards thank you.
  • 4 Hide
    deftonian , March 23, 2013 8:24 PM
    I like turtles.
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    amoralman , March 23, 2013 9:27 PM
    Is it April 1st already? I still can't believe this. Wow, I sure can't say I was expecting it...
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    rawoysters , March 23, 2013 9:31 PM
    Milking WOW for all it can.
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    NuclearShadow , March 23, 2013 9:57 PM
    I'm not seeing the appeal behind this and from the looks of the reactions above no one else seems to care either. My guess is this was a pet project by one or a handful of Devs that were interested in making a card game and when management saw it they decided it was marketable.
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    delaro , March 23, 2013 10:05 PM
    WoW Rip off of MTG... just what we need... /facepalm
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    Chairman Ray , March 24, 2013 12:12 AM
    Hopefully it turns out better than the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. If there are any cards exclusive to paying players, I definitely won't be playing this game. I don't mind if it's paying to get cards faster or paying for more deck slots, or something along those lines.
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    QEFX , March 24, 2013 1:05 AM
    "We've always loved collectible card games at Blizzard"

    It kinda sad to admit you play WoW ... but the above statement is just plain pathetic.

    Even back in the 90s people who played these card games were the lowest of the geeks (yes even lower than LARPers) but 20+ years on? I think the people who work at Blizzard REALLY REALLY need to get a girlfriend-boyfriend/wife-husband/significant other/partner/pet/social skills/a friend/to get out of the house and talk to somebody who doesn't work at blizzard/ ... well you know where I'm going with this.

    Oh well, at least they won't be the biggest loosers on the planet ... that spot's reserved for whomever buys the premium stuff for this game.
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    memadmax , March 24, 2013 1:07 AM
    No blizzard, I'm done with you, along with EA.....
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    beetlejuicegr , March 24, 2013 2:11 AM
    But guys, i read that the packs will cost about 1$ and there will be guaranteed to have at least one "better" quality card.
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    Espen Lund , March 24, 2013 3:35 AM
    Going to try out, liked TCG games before. Haven't touched them in years :) 
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    tadej petric , March 24, 2013 5:04 AM
    Dissapointed. They are going Pokemon way. Theyll end up like nintendo...
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    salgado18 , March 24, 2013 6:50 AM
    Will there be an Auction House?
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    tuxborg , March 24, 2013 7:26 AM
    I for one applaud Blizzard. They heard us loud and clear after Diablo III: "We will not buy another Blizzard title until you earn our trust once again."

    Clearly this was the only way to lure in the fans who didn't want to be burned by another $50+ mistake.

    Who really cares if it is pay-to-win? It's free. If it is terrible, we know Blizzard gave up. No tears. If it is surprisingly good, well, they just might save enough of a fan base that their next big thing won't flop.
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