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Hearthstone Open Beta Pushed Back to January

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Posted on December 20, 2013 AT 03:39am

Blizzard has announced that the Hearthstone open beta will not begin in December as originally hoped, and has now been pushed back to January 2014.

“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,” production director Jason Chayes wrote.

“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.”

Chayes added that as of December 19, Blizzard has sent closed beta invites to everyone who had opted-in via their Battle.net account before December 16. Opt-ins for the closed beta will end on January 7, and Blizzard plans to invite all who opt-in to the closed beta by then before open beta testing begins.

Blizzard is very close to launching the open beta, according to Chayes, but he asked closed beta testers to continue reporting any bugs they find. “That’s the best way you can help the team get Hearthstone into everyone’s hands as soon as possible,”he said.

Blizzard does not plan to wipe the progress of closed beta testers when the open beta begins.

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