Blizzard has revealed that its popular strategy card game Hearthstone will be receiving two new Heroes – but don’t go getting too excited.
Hearthstone‘s heroes fill the same class roles as World of Warcraft. To date, two classes are notable by their absence – Death Knight (first introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion) and Monk (from Mists of Pandaria). So naturally, many assumed the two new heroes would fill those slots.
Nope, they’re just new skins for existing classes. But the real kicker? Each will set you back $9.99. Yes, you read that right. No, it’s not a typo. Blizzard are charging $9.99 for a slightly different portrait. Well, ok – he does have his own emotes and animations, but still, it’s hard to escape the feeling that for the price being charged, Blizzard could have done something a little more.
Now, if it was $9.99 for a Death Knight Hero, we wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Hell, we’d be right at the front of the queue to get another reason to create that theoretically perfect deck which ends up being useless in practice.
Anyway, the first new hero to be announced is Magni Bronzebeard – the mighty dwarf king of Ironforge. He’ll be made available to purchase later this year.Admittedly, his portrait is pretty cool. And yes, his animations are pretty nifty. But there’s just a slight whiff here of monetization for the sake of it, especially considering that this is Blizzard – a company which already rakes in far north of $200m per month in WoW subscription fees alone.
Dale Morgan reviewed Hearthstone on PC and iPad shortly after launch, awarding the digital card game a solid 10/10 score.
“Hearthstone may see Blizzard aiming at a more casual market, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time,” Dale wrote in his Heartstone review. “This is an utterly fantastic game that exudes polish from every digital pore. If you love card games, love Warcraft, or just love games in general, you owe it to yourself to play Hearthstone.”