Blizzard's collectible card came will soon launch an invite-only beta.
Warcraft fans hoping to get in on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard's online collectible card game, should have some exciting updates to look forward to on the horizon. According to its developers, the title is drawing close to a beta release. "We hit an important milestone last week when we finished implementation of all features planned for the release of the beta," said Blizzard's Jason Chayes in an official update. "It doesn't mean we're done quite yet." That said, while the game isn't "days away" it's no longer "months away either."
According to Chayes, the beta will test out a number of features intended for the final product. This will include a store where players can purchase virtual card packs with real world cash. Noting that betas are often imperfect and subject to change, Blizzard will be offering an exclusive golden Gelbin Mekkatorque card to anyone who spends money at the in-game store during the beta. The golden card will not be available through other conventional means of card
Perhaps putting a bit of a damper on the beta announcement, Blizzard confirmed that it intends to "kick it off with a relatively small number of invites." In other words, there's a fair chance that most players won't get into it. "We're going to gradually roll in more and more players over time," promised Chayes. "If you don't get in initially, don't worry too much, as new players will be brought in frequently." Disappointed fans can also look forward to an eventual open beta "later in the testing cycle." Players hoping to get in early can sign up for a chance at an invite.