Hearthstone expansion in the works
Hearthstone has just recently entered open-beta globally, but news about future expansions to the game are already emerging. An extensive interview with Hearthstone executive producer Hamilton Chu has revealed some of the plans Blizzard has for the popular card-game. It seems a singleplayer mode is currently in the works. This mode will come sometime after the PC version and mobile version for iOS are officially launched, and will be named Adventure mode. Players will have access to new singleplayer quests, game stages and new cards (somewhere between 10 and 20).
The in-game shop is also getting some new stuff, in the form of customization options. Blizzard will make sure the game doesn’t turn pay-to-win, so these purchasable goodies will be limited to new board styles, card backings and some unique hero replacements, and will not influence card balancement. An example of a new hero will be an alternative for the Warrior class, in the form of Varian Lo’Gosh Wrynn, who will be replacing Garrosh Hellscream as the standard warrior class representative. Achievements are also planned for Hearthstone, and progressing through ranks in ranked play will feature additional rewards.
Blizzard will be staying with the Warcraft setting though, and there’s no chance of a deviation from this path. If you were hoping for Starcraft or Diablo-based heroes, you won’t see them in Hearthstone. There are no plans to include a Deathknight or Monk class, like some rumors were suggesting. The only thing Blizzard is focusing for now is refining the game and balancing it to perfection, while staying true to the Warcraft lore. The Observer mode is considered for the future, but is not a current priority and isn’t being actively developed. A 2vs2 mode for Hearthstone is not entirely out-ruled at this point, but until the 1vs1 mode is completely balanced and feels solid, Blizzard won’t focus on such gameplay changes.
If you haven’t tried it out yet, you can give Hearthstone a try for free. For more information on what you’ll need in order to play, check out or Hearthstone beta coverage.