It has finally happened, folks. The oft promised myth of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, prophesized back at Blizzcon many moons ago by some sort of sage, has come to pass! That is right! A game made for the touchscreen experience can finally be experience on something other than an iPad! Those lucky souls in Canada, Australia, New Zealand can hit the Google Play store right now to download to the device of their choice. There is a catch, though.
The tablet you play it on? Well it needs to have a screen size of at least 6 inches, have 1 GB of RAM or more and needs to be running Android 4.0 or later. Here’s a list, from Blizzard’s support site, listing compatible devices:
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 (2014)
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (2014)
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2013)
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2014)
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)
- Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013)
- Huawei MediaPad X1
- NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
- Samsung Galaxy Note LTE 10.1 N8020
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE
Blizzard also mentioned that the ASUS Transformer TF300T is incompatible with the game. Any tablets making use of the PowerVR540/544 GPU could also potentially have issues with the game. Updating to Android 5.0 or Fire 4.5.1 is recommended in that instance.
The rollout to other countries will continue over the coming days, though, so be sure to check the Google Play store soon to get your hands on it. The full-on Hearthstone experience remains intact for those who use Android such as the game’s first adventure mode (Curse of Naxxramas) and the recently released first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes.
Hearthstone arrived on iPad in April and recently hit the 20 million download mark so it is poised to be even bigger once further expansion into Android territory all around the world happens. Blizzard has also stated the much mentioned phone version of the game is still in the works though no date has been given on a potential launch. Far more work needs to be done, one can imagine, before the game can be reduced down to a manageable size on iOS and Android phones, though.
You’ll get a free classic pack just downloading and trying out the application. All subsequent packs/modes after that will cost in-game gold or real currency. So, Android users! Get to it! More gaming news and reviews can be found by following us on Twitter, @APGNation.