Fans of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will have to wait a little longer than expected for the iPhone and Android phone version of the game as Blizzard has revealed that it won’t be released until 2015. However, the Android tablet version is still slated for release before the end of this year, while iOS users can grab it on iPad.
The free-to-play card battling game has already amassed over 20 million players across PC and iPad platforms, and opening it up to the mobile phone market is sure to take it to the next level. Blizzard has stated that the issues causing the delay for the smartphone versions of Hearthstone is largely due to getting it optimised for smaller screens.
Blizzard say they do have a build of the game up and running already, but it still needs some work to become the best experience it can be for the smaller screens of smartphones. In the Hearthstone blog the developers says one of the biggest challenges is “revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience.”
Although the delay may be some cause of frustration for players who are desperate to have Hearthstone in the palm of their hand wherever they go, it should be reassuring to know that the developers are doing their best to make sure the game meets the different set of requirements that are presented when playing on a small smartphone screen.
The accessibility of Blizzard's trading card game set within the Warcraft universe has helped the game attract a huge number of users since its release in March. Hearthstone operates on a turn-based system pitting two players against each other. Players start with a basic pack of cards and can earn new, more powerful cards, using microtransactions to buy new packs or earning them by competing in the Arena. Players can also break down unwanted cards and use the remaining Arcane Dust to craft new cards.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available now on PC and iPads. It is scheduled for release on Android tablets by the end of the year and should be out for Apple and Android smartphones early in 2015.