As Blizzard's digital card game, Hearthstone, reaches its fourth year, the experience will become a bit more social. Today, Blizzard revealed an upcoming feature for the game that will allow Hearthstone players to create their own in-game tournaments to compete with friends. The developer expects a beta version of the feature to be released in the coming months.
Hearthstone already has a robust competitive scene, with the Hearthstone Championship Tour representing the highest level for professional players. The new feature of the tournament is set to address a different audience. Blizzard says it's aimed at more casual players and smaller communities who want to organize tournaments to play together. "There was not really a function in the game that would support this [before]," explains the developer. The new feature is being designed to be easy to use; the organizers simply enter parameters, such as the number of players or acceptable cards, and the game does the rest.
A first look at the function of the tournament in the game.
The new tournaments are part of a broader strategy for 2018 that Blizzard has called the "Raven Year." It will include three new expansions for the game, the first of which will be mocked "very soon", and each will present new content for a player for the game as well. More technical changes are also coming, including a new druid hero and a change in the way the classified progression works. Meanwhile, the championship tour is expanding, according to Blizzard, and will now make stops in more countries.
Hearthstone will celebrate its fourth anniversary on March 11. Last year, Blizzard revealed that the game had now reached 70 million players in total.
A provocation of the three expansions that will come to Hearthstone this year.