Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is announced to come to mobile devices next year. Despite the expectations, the game is said to be ready for release to Android and iOS mobile devices not earlier than 2015.
The free-to-play title was first announced at last year's BlizzCon. The announcement was made by Rob Pardo, chief creative officer at that time.
Community manager Christina Sims wrote in an update to the development process: "We're also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it's become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don't feel like we'll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It's very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand."
One of the most important reasons for the delay is that the developers are working on making the game perfect for the capabilities of mobile devices. At the end, it should look as well on smaller screens, as on bigger ones and this requires serious work on the interface. In the card game, players have up to 14 cards and the interface used for PCs and iPad cannot be applied to mobile devices without making it impossible for players to read the details of the cards they are having on their board. Even the latest expansion of the game, the single-player ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ challenge, cannot be enjoyed by players on mobile devices until developers find a proper solution to the smaller screen limitations problem.
Another important problem is this with the multiplayer mode. There are more than 20 million players of the game on PC and iPad and now the game should be able to be played on different screens without making any difference for its players.
The official release of the title for PC was in March this year, followed by its iPad release in April.