Blizzard announces free-to-play collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft logoAt the 2013 Penny Arcade Expo East, Blizzard Entertainment today announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a fee-to-play collectible card game, coming to PC, Mac and iPad.

The game features player-versus-player gameplay, more than 300 cards to collect, with a user receiving five cards for every pack of cards they earn or purchase, and multiplayer hosted via Battle.net matchmaking.

Similar to other collectible card games like Rage of Bahamut, users can craft cards by fusing cards together to make other cards. Hearthstone also features a deck-building system, which allows users to construct their deck automatically or customized down to the last card. Users build their deck around a character class such as a rogue. Users can earn or purchase a pack of cards with five random cards of various card types like common, rare, epic and legendary. It’s a similar mechanic in gacha-infusion games like Blood Brothers where the user can obtain cards, but what they get depends on luck.

Users interested in getting their hands on the game early, can sign up for the beta, which starts this summer, here. An official release date was not revealed other than Blizzard planning to launch the title this year.