Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now available worldwide

After a short soft launch in Canada and Australia, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available globally. We’ve got some hands-on gameplay footage, if you want to see how it runs.

Hearthstone plays as a familiar turn-based card game. Players summon creature cards and cast spells from their hand. Every one of the nine heroes has their own unique special ability, as well as a sizeable batch of collectable and craftable cards. Casual online games, ranked matches, and gruelling sealed-deck Arena games appeal to varying levels of commitment.

Hearthstone is Blizzard’s foray into mobile, and so far they’re doing everything right. The graphics are fantastic, the free-to-play model encourages accessibility, but avoids the maligned freemium tropes of timers and premium currency. The UI is built for touch, which has been apparent since the PC launch, plus there’s a rich franchise to leverage for charm and nostalgia’s sake.

Hearthstone is an absolutely great game, and definitely worth a try.

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