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Hearthstone Officially launches, and it's free

by Nicholas Holden (Holden ZA)  Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:16:00 AM

 

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Introduction

Blizzard's digital turn based card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft  has finally left its beta stage and is now moving into the public realm as the title was officially released in the late hours of last night. The title will be available on PC and Mac before making the jump to android and IOS devices later this year. 

"The Hearthstone beta is complete and we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our participants for their incredibly valuable feedback and support." Hearthstone community manager Christina Sims wrote yesterday on the official blog page. The announcement of the full release also coincided with the patch update to the title, and some welcome additions to the title to celebrate the full release of Hearthstone. 

Rank Play Rewards and Changes

Blizzard's adding some extra in-game bonuses in celebration of HearthStones abandonment of the beta label. Winning three matches in unranked Play mode gets you an electric-blue Hearthsteed mount for your World of Warcraft character to stylishly block everyone's access to the mailbox. If you rack up an impressive 500 wins in ranked Play mode, your chosen hero portrait turns golden and gets a couple extra special animations while casting spells or fighting. 

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Hearthsteed in action in World of Warcraft 

The next Ranked Play reward is the extra fancy alternate card back! Participating in each official Ranked Play season will offer a new card back that you’ll get at the end of each season. Card backs replace the default artwork on the reverse side of your decks. The game interface will allow you to easily swap between any card back you’ve added to your collection. More information about the first official Ranked Play season and its card back rewards will be announced at a later time. 

Patch Notes

Also announced yesterday, are the patch notes for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. One of the exciting announcements for players is the new recovery feature. Accidentally disconnecting from a match isn't a disaster anymore, as you now have a minute to reconnect and pick up where you left off with no penalty. 

Download details and system requirements 

As mentioned earlier, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be available for free download on PC and MAC. Here are the minimum requirements for both operating systems:

For Windows: 

Operating System: Windows® XP/Windows® Vista/Windows® 7/Windows® 8 (latest Service Packs)
Processor: Intel® Pentium® D or AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 (256 MB) or ATI™ Radeon™ X1600 Pro (256 MB) or better
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 3 GB available HD space
Internet: Broadband Internet connection
Input: Keyboard and mouse, or touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

  • For MAC: 

    Operating System: Mac® OS X 10.7 (latest version)
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
    Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600 Pro
    Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Storage: 3 GB available HD space
    Internet: Broadband Internet connection
    Input: Keyboard and mouse, or touchscreen
    Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

    Conclusion

    Hearthstone is quickly growing in popularity, that much is evident from its following on Youtube and Twitch.tv. Now that it is available for the general public, I can't see this game slowing down any time soon. With deep strategic play and raw addictive nature,  Hearthstone is setting itself to become Blizzards next money train. The question is, will you be hoping on board or will you rather wait at the train station for the next big title? 

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