Major Hearthstone Announcement–Open Beta Delay & More!

December 19, 2013 1:35 pm Published by

Production Director Jason Chayes has an important announcement about the delay of open beta for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and their plan of action moving forward.

The end of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft closed beta is fast approaching. However, many were anticipating the game being in open beta this month, but that wasn’t the case. Production Director Jason Chayes explained about the delay and their plan for moving forward on the official website.

We hope you’ve been having fun testing out the latest beta patch for Hearthstone—this update brought with it a bunch of bug fixes, some card changes, and the new Ranked Play system. Some of these updates were significant code changes, so we expect that some things will break, and we will also need your help to identify what’s still in need of fine-tuning. One other thing to mention is that we’ve been making great progress on improving server stability, but there are still a few things that have come up that we want to fix before we leave the closed beta phase.

With all of that said, we believe the right thing to do for the game is to not rush it out into open beta, but to instead hold onto it a little longer to make sure it’s ready for wider testing. At BlizzCon, we mentioned that we hoped to get the game into a state where it’s ready for open beta this month, but we’re just not quite there yet. The development team has been working hard to get this out before the end of the year, but our highest priority is that Hearthstone has an awesome launch when all gates are lifted and everyone can download it and play at the same time.

We’re close to the open beta—very close. And to enter this final part of our beta phase, we need your help. Keep trying out new decks, reporting bugs, and giving your feedback on our forums. That’s the best way you can help the team get Hearthstone into everyone’s hands as soon as possible.

We have some other news to share too. As of today, we have sent beta invites to everyonewho opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test prior to Monday, December 16. If you opted in before that date and have not yet received an invite email, check your spam folders or different email tabs to see if you invite may have ended up in an unexpected location. If you still can’t find your Hearthstone beta invite, don’t worry! We’re putting together a list of all accounts that opted in to the Hearthstone beta test and did not claim their beta key. These accounts will be flagged for beta access within the first few weeks of January.

Opt-ins for the closed beta test will end on January 7; we plan to invite everyone who opts in by that date to the closed beta test at some point before the open beta begins. So keep playing, testing, and amassing your Hearthstone collection, as we do not plan on performing another card data wipe.

Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm. Hearthstone would not be as far along as it is without your helpful feedback. Please continue to let us know what you like and what you think needs a little more work.

And if you haven’t opted in to the Hearthstone closed beta test, you can do so here.

Jason Chayes
Production Director (Source)

 Invites for Everyone!

Opt-ins for closed beta testing will end on January 7, 2014, but those who signed up before December 16th, 2013 should anticipate an beta key in your email at some point today. If you’re worried that you were missed in the wave of invites, fear not! The team is making a list, they’re checking it twice, and those who did not claim their key will be granted access. For those who opted-in after the mentioned date will be invited just before open beta is to commence.

Check your spam, promotional (if GMail), or inbox for your Hearthstone beta key. Open beta is coming soon™!

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