“Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” is now in open beta mode, Blizzard announced this week.
The addictive card game is in open beta in North America and in Europe.
“So what does this mean for you? If you didn’t get the chance to participate in the Hearthstone Closed Beta Test, you can now download the game,” Blizzard wrote.
It added: “Open Beta is still not a final release, and we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand for Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable Open Beta account activations until we’re ready to take on more players.”
Hearthstone can be played on the PC and Mac, but it will be released for the iPad and Android in the future.
The game is somewhat similar to card-trading game “Magic: The Gathering” and has players go against each other online. One can spend money on additional cards.
Since August, Hearthstone has been only in a prerelease state that was accessible through an invitation.
“It’s been a crazy past few months for all of us on the Hearthstone team. We announced Hearthstone at PAX East back in March, began the Closed Beta Test in August, had a blast at BlizzCon with the Innkeeper’s Invitational, and we were excited to announce Android and iPhone support. Now we’re ready to unleash the awesomeness of Hearthstone to you with Open Beta,” the company said.