Blizzard has just announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a free-to-play collectible card game set in the universe of Warcraft.
You can play as one of nine World of Warcraft classes, collect cards, and battle people online. No release date yet, but the game will be out for PC and Mac, with an iPad version coming "shortly thereafter."
The game is coming out soon, Blizzard said—"Not Blizzard soon, but IRL soon." You can sign up for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcrafton Blizzard's website right now, and the beta will launch this summer.
This game was developed by a small team of 15 people, Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo said while announcing the game during a PAX East panel this morning. The goal: create a simple, competitive game with a more mobile team than they've used for bigger beasts like StarCraft II and Diablo III. They want it to be "small in scope, but epic in gameplay," Pardo said.
During the panel today, Blizzard brought out an announcer to describe a 1v1 game as it happened. It looks a lot like Magic: The Gathering with Warcraft characters and abilities: we saw Warlocks and Druids facing off, summoning monsters, and attacking one another in turn-based combat.
The characters and beasts chat and comment as they fight, sometimes saying hilarious things in traditional Blizzard style. There are a ton of Warcraft-themed cards, from ghouls and demons to Ragnaros, the fire god. This looks very cool.