Blizzard delays HearthStone open beta to 2014, sends out new invites

Developer pushes back open beta period for free-to-play card game, but sends out invites to closed beta to everyone who opted in.

The open beta for Blizzard's free-to-play collectible card game HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft has been delayed to 2014, the developer announced on the game's website. Blizzard originally anticipated that the open beta would be available sometime this month.

"We believe the right thing to do for the game is to not rush it out into open beta, but to instead hold onto it a little longer to make sure it’s ready for wider testing," production director Jason Chayes said. "At BlizzCon, we mentioned that we hoped to get the game into a state where it’s ready for open beta this month, but we’re just not quite there yet."

"The development team has been working hard to get this out before the end of the year, but our highest priority is that Hearthstone has an awesome launch when all gates are lifted and everyone can download it and play at the same time," he added.

Blizzard also announced that new beta invitations for the ongoing HearthStone closed beta have been delivered this week to everyone who opted in prior to Monday, December 16. If you opted in, you're urged to check your email, including your spam folder or different email tabs.

Opt-ins for the closed beta test will end of January 7, Blizzard said. At that point, everyone who opted in by that date will be granted access to the closed beta. You can opt-in to the HearthStone beta test using your Battle.net account.

Chayes stressed that the closed beta version of HearthStone is very much a work-in-progress and you may notice various bugs and issues. He urged players to try out the new decks, report bugs, and give feedback through Blizzard's forums.

"Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm," Chayes said. "Hearthstone would not be as far along as it is without your helpful feedback. Please continue to let us know what you like and what you think needs a little more work."

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25 comments
GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I got a Beta invite months ago.

Its a fun card game, not for everyone but I enjoy it!

megakick
megakick

A free to play card game? Free sure I bet the drop rate is really bad if you don't pay. Unlike real cards one the server goes offline your investment is gone. It is win, win for Blizzard low overhead, don't have to nothing print cards very little R&D (this has been done to death already) and the graphics and animation there isn't any much easier to design than World of Warcraft or StarCraft.


This is World of Warcraft Arena without graphics.

Why not play in the real world?

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Good. My friend signed up for the beta months after me and he got a key a few months ago. I've yet to receive one, despite having signed up within the week of signups.

omar_q
omar_q

Not only is this game pay to win, it's heavily based on luck. A bad opening hand can go a long way or some good draws can change the tide easily.

But in the end it is a card game after all. 

angelofbeast198
angelofbeast198

they need to do a solo batter pet game for portable device

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

This game is super addictive & actually quite fun.

Needs more players who are worse than me though. I say open up the beta.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Gotta build up that last bit of hype before full release, even though it released when money was involved. :)

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Don't worry non-beta peoples! This is one of the worst card games I've seen in awhile.  You're not missing much!


Enjoy~

:}

Stebsis
Stebsis

@omar_qPay to win? Maybe a bit, but I've been playing and paid only once to get into arena, and doing ok. Because of 9 different classes they offer a lot of variety already when you level them up a bit and get the basic cards, and if you play well you'll get gold from winning and doing daily quests. Then sometimes you use that gold to get into arena where there just is no pay 2 win because it's random, and if you do well enough you can just keep playing that and getting gold and card packs that way, if you fail then just play some more play mode and you'll get gold that way. Of course it's slower that way than paying, but that's the point. It still isn't really pay to win because of the luck you said, but also skill to use what you have, mana and cards, efficiently, basic decks are pretty good and you can win with them if you know how to play well.

sephsplace
sephsplace

@oflownot really, for the last few months, i've been logging on and playing every 3 days (usually i have 3 quests to do then) and just getting the gold, then at the end of a week i can do the arena a couple of times for free, so if your half good you can at least make most of the money for another run, and an expert pack, so your collection grows and grows... and for free! rinse and repeat.

wexorian
wexorian

@oflow not much you can win even with 1 mana cards only, it's about how you play

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@oflow 

Sadly it is...The worst part is its fun to play.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@Tigerbite2  

Beta peoples having fun playing this game I know I'm one of them.

shingui5
shingui5

@Vinnvn 

But then you have to remember, it's a Card game. When haven't they been pay 2 win, to an extent? 

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@Vinnvn I dunno. Players who've spent a lot for awesome cards are generally harder, but I can sometimes stomp them into the ground with my standard Pally deck.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@wexorian@Tigerbite2 Nope.  There's just not much strategy (compared to other card games) involved.  I mean, it's great for a simplified game or players that are new to the genre, but it's very bland.

It is pretty and smooth though.  I'll give them that! :P