Hearthstone Launches for iPad in Select Territories

Hearthstone Launches for iPad in Select Territories

Blizzard's collectible card game is now available on the go if you live in Canada, Australia or New Zealand; worldwide release is "soon."

Blizzard said that once Hearthstone shed its "beta" tag and launched into full service, freely available to anyone, an iPad incarnation of the popular collectible card game wouldn't be far behind.

Seems that for once, said iPad incarnation hasn't been afflicted with "Blizzard Time" and is now freely available -- so long as you live in or have access to the iOS App Store for one of the supported territories.

Hearthstone for iOS is presently available in the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand App Stores as part of a "soft launch" -- a common practice for iOS games that have the potential to be very popular. And with somewhere in the region of ten million registered accounts, it's fair to say that Hearthstone very much falls into this category, particularly with how good a fit its fast-paced card-duelling gameplay is for touch-based devices -- though note that being an online game, you'll need a constant, stable Internet connection in order to be able to play on the go.

Soft-launching typically involves releasing a game into a limited market in order to gather data that can be used to prepare for a full, worldwide release. Markets such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland are typically chosen for the fact that they are English-speaking territories of a significantly smaller size than the United States, and this allows app and game developers to test online functionality, App Store performance and average revenue per user -- particularly important for free-to-play titles such as Hearthstone -- in a small, controlled market before opening the floodgates to a much larger audience. It also has the added benefit of helping to build buzz prior to a worldwide release.

Blizzard hasn't given a specific date for when we can expect the worldwide rollout of Hearthstone to other App Stores, but it should be "soon," apparently. Android, iPhone and Windows tablet versions are also in the works, but there's no estimate on a release window for these as yet, either.

If you're yet to discover the joys of Hearthstone for yourself, you can download the PC or Mac client and start playing for free here.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Hearthstone Saviors of Uldum Deck Guides, Trailer, Plague Cards, and Quests

Get all the info on the upcoming Saviors of Uldum expansion for Hearthstone.

Hearthstone Swaps Around Classic Set, But Initial Reactions Seem Mixed

The new cards are getting a lukewarm reaction online.

From Candy Crush to Hearthstone: How the Loot Box Bill Could Affect Some of the Industry's Biggest Games

The bill defines microtransactions and loot boxes, but questions remain.

How Warcraft's Art Has Evolved and Shaped Blizzard's Games Over 25 Years

Blizzard senior art director Samwise Didier takes us through the 25 year evolution of Warcraft's art.

Hearthstone Rise of Shadows Cards, Decks, Factions, Single-Player - Hearthstone Expansion Guide

All the details on the Hearthstone Rise of Shadows expansion, out now for Blizzard's card battling game.

More News

Spiritfarer's Art Director on Encouraging Relaxation, Exploration, and Just Chilling on a Boat

How Spirited Away led to a cozy management sim about the afterlife.

Borderlands 3's First Limited-Time Event Will Be a Free Halloween Ghoul Hunt

All Borderlands 3 players will have a few weeks to scoop up some creepy loot and take down a boney boss.

Street Fighter 2's Creator on Why Blocking Was Once a Controversial Issue

A creator and a pro sit down to talk blocking in fighting games.

More on iPad

Apple Arcade Brings Game Pricing Concerns Back to the Forefront

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Will successful subscription services turn into their own walled gardens?

Fortnite Is Unveiling a Batman-Themed Event Tomorrow

Alfred, I need more Slurp Juice!

Apple Arcade is Way Cooler Than You Think. Here are 10 Games to Check Out

Apple Arcade has dozens of neat games, so we highlighted 10 from its launch lineup that are a bit under the radar.

Sayonara Wild Hearts Review

Wild hearts can't be broken.

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

Mega Man’s New Mobile Game is a Partnership with a Pop Band

The short, free game serves as a playable music video for a song by Team Shachi.