Hearthstone goes portable, launches on iPad

My friends, the inevitable has happened. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has launched onto the iPad, meaning productivity around the world is set to plummet. Blizzard is shouldering all the blame for this one – the studio’s addictive card game has already taken the world by storm on PC, the portable version is set to be even more effective.

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment extends a warm welcome to swagnificent, Zippi79, MrHeed, JohnTheTree, Successlol, SpiritGuard, AnimaLeet, Waffles, Thinkzalot, SwaggishMike and more than a few other people:

Hearthstone’s player base has already grown to more than 10 million accounts registered following the official Windows and Mac release, but we saw that a few people online were holding out for the iPad version. Instead of calling those folks up individually, we figured we might as well let everyone know that the global iPad rollout for Hearthstone has begun, and pretty soon it’ll be available everywhere. The game is a natural fit for tablets—we encourage everyone to check it out on their couch, in their backyard, in a coffee shop . . . or anywhere else they take their iPads.

At the moment, the portable version of Hearthstone is only available in the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian iTunes App Store, but we’re told the rest of the world is following soon. Once that’s out, Android, iPhone and Windows Tablet versions are next on the to-do list!

Blizzard has sent over this handy Q&A that will hopefully A all of your Hearthstone Qs, including those about internet connectivity, pricing and duels:

  • Your Game—Your Way
    Hearthstone’s cross-platform compatibility empowers iPad, PC, and Mac gamers to seamlessly play against each other. Your collection is safe and secure with Battle.net, so your cards will always be available—on any platform.
  • Play Anywhere
    The iPad version of Hearthstone features the same intuitive interface and refined gameplay as the PC version, but now players can take their decks away from the desktop and to the couch, café, airport, or anywhere with a Wi-Fi or Internet connection.
  • Such iPads
    Hearthstone kicks ass on every supported device: iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina.
  • How Do I Pay for the Things?
    This is free-to-play our way. While many Hearthstone players have achieved the highest ranks without spending a cent, we’ve made it easy for players to expand their collections regardless of platform.
    Card pack purchases and Arena entries are made using whatever payment method you have attached to your Apple ID. Players can also continue to make purchases via Battle.net through the PC or Mac client.
  • Harness the Full Power of the Interwebs
    Hearthstone on iPad requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to access your card collection.
  • Did Somebody Say Android and iPhone?
    That’s right, we said it! We’re bringing Hearthstone to Windows 8 Tablets, iOS phones, and Android devices. We’re targeting later this year for all that awesomeness.
  • Up for a Friendly Duel?
    Chat with your Battle.net friends and challenge them on the iPad, no matter which platform they are playing on.

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