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Hearthstone may become the next Blizzard game on Steam

Dataminers seem to have found the critical clues
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Hearthstone might be the next Blizzard Entertainment game to become available on Steam, the biggest digital distribution platform for PC games. Out of Games has evaluated changes in the collectible card game’s code, concluding that the developers are preparing a Steam launch.

Among the clues embedded in the code is an error message that pops up when linking a Steam and a account fails for whichever reason. Achievements from Hearthstone seemingly will be synced with Steam as well, so players won’t have to start earning them from scratch.

Hearthstone gameplay screenshot

Hearthstone has been one of Blizzard's cash cows over the years.

Mapping has been added to allow the game to check Steam’s language codes, which are different from those Blizzard is using, and further changes for region and account switching to account for Steam have been found. In terms of visual assets, a new graphic has been put into the game to house the UI for linking the player’s Hearthstone account with their Steam account.

While this is not an official confirmation by any means and should be taken with a grain of salt, this is pretty heavy proof that a Hearthstone launch on Steam is being prepared.

Blizzard’s forays into Steam with Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 have been less than stellar in terms of user reception: The hero-based shooter is sitting on an “overwhelmingly negative” score and the hellish action RPG has “mixed” user reviews.

Perhaps Blizzard’s third attempt will be crowned with more success, after all the CCG has been a staple in the genre for years and is well-regarded, though it hasn’t been without its own pricing controversies in the past.

Released in 2014 the free-to-play game is available on PC, iOS, and Android. Since then, close to 30 expansions have been released for it, introducing new cards and mechanics. The total pool of available cards is currently 3,865.