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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

New online CCG is the first free-to-play title in the history of Blizzard.
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Blizzard has announced their first stab at free-to-play gaming.  It will take the form of a digital collectible card game set in the Warcraft universe.

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Titled Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, the new game is created by Blizzard’s new team five.  These 15 developers got together to create a more condensed and unique experience than the company’s more established properties.

The game has players choosing from a class in World of Warcraft then earning packs of cards in-game or buying them for $1 or so.  Both online multiplayer and matchmaking is handled by

Interestingly, there will also be a card crafting mechanic.  This is accomplished by disenchanting unwanted cards to receive Arcane Dust which is used to craft a potentially useful card.

Hearthstone is set for release on PC, Mac and iPad sometime in 2013 with beta planned for Summer.  Check out the debut trailer here.

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