If there's a spectator mode in Hearthstone, just tell people in the inn which game it is; they don't need to pay for Hearthstone to watch it, just run the game in a second window. And in-game titles and achievements are, again, perfectly able to work through Battle.net already; that's how you get the pets for Starcraft collector's editions in WoW and such. Just flag the reward to be a title or Feat of Strength instead of a pet that's mailed to you, and it's done.
Seriously, there's really very few potential benefits to running this in WoW rather than running it alongside WoW.
Because it's difficult to play WoW on a tablet. This is completely designed to be played on mobile devices. Not to mention the F2P stuff that everyone else has.
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Would there be a danger that the game would become TOO identified with WoW? Possibly. That players would resent the idea, right or wrong, that you need WoW to get the best cards? Possibly.
Will it happen? Certainly be interesting. But while possible, it might require too much work for too little gain.
The former is not going to happen. There appears to be some debate as to whether the latter is going to happen and, if so, to what degree.
Blizzard want to expand their market, if this was in wow it would attract less people, because you have to play for wow, than if it was a whole new thing. Also this will work on a tablet while WoW doesnt.
Also im sure its easier to do a whole new thing for this rather than have to add all this to wow, change wow interface, have a new zone for it, etc.
It doesn't necessarily have to be in World of Warcraft but I'd like to see some more association between the two. i.e. receiving an exclusive battle pet in WoW for completing this certain achievement in Hearthstone
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Makes a hell of a lot more profit as a standalone.
Simply put, Blizzard is targeting mobile gaming through tablets. Can't do that through WoW (as of now)
Considering how battle.net connected everything is these days, we don't need it to be a part of WoW for rewards to transfer across games anyway.
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I may be very wrong but I think that the whole idea is to be a new standalone project because:
They have their own Team 5 of developers for this, their job is to make this game a success. From the perspective of the team that it is, but for Blizzard this is much more, this is valuable for Blizzard because, they need to try:
- f2p market.
- mobile market
- small scale sized team
This team has its objectives clear (for example the iOS port isn't near to be ready, the integration of accounts and the App store is a problem that they haven't figured, they want you to have the same id and collection in both pc and iOS but it is hard to deal with the App store rules) and while there could be something into the future like adding rewards for the people that like both, or if it doesn't hold its own, maybe give it a push by making an extra client within the game, it is clear that this is not what they are thinking right now.
All this said, I would like in the future that pet battles get deeper and a stand alone client, maybe even getting new pets that you only can get if you play it in your iphone.
I would love to see in WoW more mini-games that are time sinks so I don't need to have a physical form of myself anymore, heck I would love that instead of playing fb games created by bad developers, all this people could play the Blizzard version of those mini-games, that the whole world would had a reason to be in WoW (too much fanboy?), but Hearthstone isn't that.
Point being, just because a game is F2P, there's no reason it couldn't be accessed via subscription based mothergame even without an active subscription. Sure it wouldn't really make any sense, so the only middleground would be including it to WoW as well, but that's most likely not going to happen. I'm no developer, but then again calling another executable via another one shouldn't be too hard to incorporate.
I know it's nitpicking, but I just had to
Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh in 1 game? I'll pass!