Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment explains:
Hearthstone’s intuitive interface and approachable design make it a perfect fit for tablets, and we’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring players have a great experience on a wide range of Android devices. We’re excited to welcome Android players to the Hearthstone community, and we’re looking forward to bringing the game to even more mobile platforms—including phones—in the future.
At the moment, Hearthstone has only been rolled out in the Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but the rest of the world will shortly follow suit. The game will be available in the Amazon Appstore for Android and on Google Play.
If you’re yet to dip your toes into the (addictive!) waters of Hearthstone, let us give you a quick refresher. It’s an online digital card game and like so many in the genre it’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Play your way – proving your powers in ranked matches, taking on the too-clever AI in the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure, testing out your skills as a deck builder, or challenging your friends to a duel.
The game’s been out for PC/Mac and iPad for a while now, and you’ll be happy to learn that the Android version includes all of the same features and content available on other platforms. Curse of Naxxramas is available for an extra fee, and the brand new first expansion Goblins vs Gnomes (which adds more than 120 new cards) is also available on the new hardware.
Celebrating the launch, and starting Android gamers out on the right foot, Blizzard is giving one free Classic card pack from the original Hearthstone set to all gamers who start one game in any mode on an Android tablet.
Of course – just like it is on all other platforms – Hearthstone is completely free to play on Android tablets.
…if you’re hanging out for a more portable version, Blizzard is also promising us a version for smartphones, but that could be a while off.