Blizzard finally made a statement about the highly anticipated mobile release of their popular card game Hearthstone. With the game being released on iPad shortly after its official release, us fans were waiting patiently for an official word on when to expect the game on Android tablets/phones and iPhones. Well, of course we already had word and it was the usual "soon" but the new statement from Blizzard sheds some light on the expected release dates.
There is still not an exact date set for the release of Hearthstone Mobile App; however, considering the new information Blizzard has released, we finally know that the mobile app will most likely be available early in 2015. As for Android tablets, we can expect the release before the end of this year.
Here is the official Blizzard post on the subject,
"Throughout the past year, many of you have been asking about the release date for Hearthstone on Android. The team has been hard at work to bring Hearthstone to that platform, and is making great progress. We’re taking things one step at a time and we’ve got our sights set on a release for Android tablets, our next new platform, before the end of the year; we’ve just got a few more mana crystals to polish and some Angry Chickens to chase down.
We’re also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it’s become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don’t feel like we’ll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.
Releasing Hearthstone on iPhone and Android phones is something we’re incredibly excited about, but ultimately we’d rather take the extra time to make Hearthstone’s user interface on the phone customized to feel great for the platform, rather than a port that doesn’t take into account the limitations of a smaller screen."
With the Blizzcon right around the corner, I wonder if Blizzard will tease the fans with a demonstration of the upcoming Hearthstone mobile apps. Although, I am really hoping that we will get to see some of the new cards that will be released with the upcoming 100 card expansion. Until then, happy laddering!