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'Hearthstone' not headed to consoles anytime soon, current focus is Android

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Photo courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, used with permission

Blizzard Entertainment’s “Hearthstone: Hearoes of Warcraft” has taken the PC and now the iPad by storm with more than 10 million registered users already in its short life. PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers will have to keep nagging the developers for a console version though as a report Monday indicates the team is focusing their efforts elsewhere.

"The idea of getting it onto console has come up from players," production director Jason Chayes told Eurogamer in an interview. "It's not something we're actually looking at right now. We feel like we have our hands full in the short term with getting onto Android as soon as we can, which is kind of one of the big priorities we're looking at right now."

The “Hearthstone” development team is not only focused on getting the game out for Android devices but is also currently working on the Curse of Naxxramas single-player Adventure mode expansion. If a console version does come, it will be after these development priorities are achieved and how much nagging console gamers do. Remember, it took a long time for Blizzard to bring "Diablo III" to consoles and that was a rare occasion for the developer.

"What we've said in the past, and this will continue to be the case, is that we want to be able to hear back from our community and our players what they're really interested in, what they're very passionate about," Chayes explained. "If getting ‘Hearthstone’ onto console is something there's a huge interest in, then we'd love to hear about that so it's something we can be thinking about."

Other requested features include a dedicated Spectator mode even though the game has turned into one of the most popular and most viewed games on Twitch. The team plans to constantly update the game with new features and content over the years though.

For those that don’t know, “Hearthstone” is a free-to-play card battle game based on the “Warcraft” universe from Blizzard. It is currently available to download for the PC, Mac and iPad.

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