Blizzard talks about new cards and new heroes for Hearthstone

"We feel like we can continue to build a very rich additional set of cards for Hearthstone in the years to come just by staying within Warcraft," says Blizzard.

Following the news that collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be heading into open beta as early as next month, Blizzard has spoken about incorporating new heroes, card expansions, and non-Warcraft cards into the game.

Speaking to GameSpot at Blizzcon 2013, Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes said that the developer would shortly start thinking about where it takes its nine heroes already featured in the game.

"We feel pretty good with the nine heroes we have right now," said Chayes. "In terms of expanding beyond that, that's definitely feedback we've gotten from the beta. People have given us a lot of feedback, like 'yeah, it would be awesome if I had a different hero I could pick from, a different Warrior, a different Priest.' In terms of how we actually go and add that in as a separate feature, it's still a little too early to say. We're focused on making the nine core heroes that we have right now feel awesome, but that's definitely something that we'll be thinking about as we move into the next phase of our roadmap."

As for how Blizzard intends to handle expansions and new card sets, Chayes said the studio is looking to bring out its first expansion soon but that it's important for the studio to get the cadence right. "We are excited about doing expansions," he said. "We definitely will be releasing additional card sets in the future for Hearthstone, but we don't really know the cadence yet and that's a delicate balance. We want to make sure that players have a chance to experience all their cards without getting overwhelmed with new cards being released too frequently."

"We're targeting at getting our first expansion out by next year," he added.

During a Hearthstone panel at Blizzard, lead designer Eric Dodds also revealed the upcoming Adventure mode for the collectible card game. Adventure will be a single-player mode where players battle against a series of bosses and earn additional cards associated with each adventure, with Blizzard expecting up to 30 cards to feature in each one.

Dodds also said that Blizzard is looking to alternate between releasing additional adventures and card expansions.

Chayes also spoke about whether Blizzard is looking into opening Hearthstone up include cards outside of the Warcraft universe, such as Diablo and StarCraft. "We're really focused on Warcraft for Hearthstone right now because it's such a rich universe," he said. "There's so much history there and so much lore, and we feel like we can continue to build a very rich additional set of cards for Hearthstone in the years to come just by staying within Warcraft. That's come up as an idea, what if we do Hearthstone with a different IP or something like that, but for right now our focus is just within Warcraft."

Also at Blizzcon 2013, Blizzard confirmed that it will be bringing Hearthstone to iOS and Android in the second half of 2014, and that the PC and Mac version of the game will reach open beta in the next few months.

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31 comments
sysomega
sysomega

Hearthstone needs Death Knights and Monks

so_hai
so_hai

13 of the 21 news stories currently here on Gamespot are concerned with Blizzard.

Mario_VS_DK
Mario_VS_DK

Well considering it's a F2P game, I just hope these expansions don't cost money or it really will be pay to win.

Figsarefatal
Figsarefatal

I've been pouring hours into the beta and it's a fun and addicting game. My problem with the game is that it sort of feels like pay to play. The best playing option for rewards is by far arena, to play that you need to either pay $1.99 or 150 in game gold. Now you get a decent amount of gold at the start from easy one time achievements, but after that you must play against players and win to earn gold. 3 wins gets you 15 gold and now you can see how much time you might have to invest to play in the arena, or just pay the $1.99.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

my brothers been playing this on beta, he's totally addicted to it.

megakick
megakick

Game looks bad.... Could have done so much more.... PSO III

Vexov
Vexov

They have to consider just how to go about milking more money

pebeem
pebeem

Anyone willing to share spare beta key?


SKaREO
SKaREO

I've already moved on. They refuse to address their game imbalances and I am having a hard time enjoying Blizzard's games anymore.

jessie82
jessie82

an expansion really? why..

hellgast0
hellgast0

It is called 'Heroes of WARCRAFT"... opening it up to the other Blizzard universes doesn't make sense. They already have Heroes of the Storm for that.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@Figsarefatal Or if you just play well you can just buy your way back to the arena with the gold you win there

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@pebeem the GS facebook page was giving away keys a week ago. Try messaging them for a key and you might get lucky. 

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@Stardust7 This is a great addition to the warcraft franchise and that's coming from somebody who played Blizzard games since Blackthorne and Lost Vikings.

hochstreck
hochstreck

@SKaREO You make yourself appear like someone special, "who knows all about balacing". 

 There are literally thousands of dunderheads like you out there - generally with largely contradicting opinions. People like you amuse me.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@jessie82 More cards, think like MTGO, or L5R, Pokemons CCG, hell even Ascension has expansions. 

so_hai
so_hai

@arqe @so_hai If it's this significant, it should have it's own section like any other convention.

Figsarefatal
Figsarefatal

@Stebsis @Figsarefatal  

Yea I  understand that, and it's a great point. However, not everyone is going to have the skill to go on a nice win streak in the arena though. Oh I also forget to mention you also get a "daily quest" to win two games with certain heroes, this will get you 40 gold. I'm not trashing the game by any means, it's a great game, just needs some minor tweaks, which is fine, because it's in beta.

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

@SteamyPotatoes Hearthstone is a reference to the Warcraft universe, so this is highly unlikely...although I could probably see them somehow integrating Diablo, but Starcraft doesn't seem too likely. 

so_hai
so_hai

@DigitalDame @so_hai I don't like to see the main feed dealing with overlapping stories about a single developer - this doesn't even happen to this extent when a new console is released. I think the hubs that gamespot uses for other conventions is the best solution - those that are interested only have one place to check, those that aren't don't have to filter through a list of similar reports. Thanks.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@so_hai That's interesting feedback, so to clarify you'd rather see a hub for ever event we cover rather than those new pieces ever hitting the main feed? 

invisiblekola
invisiblekola

@Figsarefatal @Stebsis my current quests are Druid or Rogue Domincance for 60 and 3 Victories! for 40 which totals 100 not to mention the 10 you get from winning three games normally. watching live streams, studying guides from guys like Trump, and playing lots of regular mode will all increase your returns in arena. sounds like you just need to play more...or study the game mechanics, specific class mana curves, etc.