Blizzard laid its virtual cards on the table on Friday when it unveiled Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The virtual card game is free on Windows, Macintosh and iPad.
In a twist that may appeal to its fan base, players build card decks centered on one of nine iconic Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, bragging rights, and the chance to win new cards.
"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 co-founder 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."
Blizzard insists Hearthstone will be 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 -- Blizzard promises they'll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the action.
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. Players can also 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. In addition to the chance to win new cards, players can also purchase new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to...