Hearthstone’s public existence has yet to pass the one year mark, and yet in that time the collectable card game from Blizzard has surrounded itself in a massive storm of attention. That storm may finally have reached its pinnacle here in the US as the World of Warcraft inspired CCG has just been released into open beta with all other regions joining later this week. Anyone who had already signed up for the closed beta before December 16th received an invite before the open beta began.
Hearthstone drew criticism last year after it was revealed players in the closed beta would not have their accounts wiped before open beta, giving closed beta participants a massive card advantage over newly entering open beta players. Blizzard originally intended to release Hearthstone in December, but delayed the release in order to fix some pressing last minute bugs.
Hearthstone is available on both PC and Mac, with iOS and Android promised sometime in the future. Players who have yet to try out Hearthstone will need a Blizzard Battle.net account which they can sign up for here.