Players were given a glimpse of the future of Hearthstone through separate interviews with people behind the digital trading card game.
There remains a possibility for Hearthstone to arrive to the Nintendo Switch, with the arrival to Nintendo's hybrid console apparently more likely than the addition of a 10th hero class to the game.
Hearthstone On The Nintendo Switch?
There has been some clamor for Hearthstone to be released on the Nintendo Switch, as the hybrid console will add another portable platform for the digital trading card game. Hearthstone is currently available for the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, and adding the Nintendo Switch to that list will open up the game to more players.
In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Hearthstone senior game designer Peter Whalen said that there is currently no work being done in creating a Nintendo Switch version of the game. However, Whalen added that he would not rule out the possibility, as the launch of Hearthstone on smartphones and tablets made it more accessible to a wider audience.
Whalen added that "if there are other consoles or platforms that are good for us then that's absolutely something we'd explore in time."
Hearthstone 10th Class: Why It Won't Happen Soon
The answer by Whalen on a possible Nintendo Switch version of Hearthstone might look lukewarm, but the possibility of that happening appears to be better than a 10th hero class being added to the game.
In an interview with IGN, game director Ben Brode and producer Eric Del Priore answered several questions regarding Kobolds & Catacombs, including specifics on the upcoming Dungeon Run mode and legendary weapons. One of the questions was on the possibility of adding a 10th class to the game.
There are currently nine hero classes in the game, and according to Brode, adding a 10th class will not be a good idea. The Hearthstone development team is still struggling on how to make the current nine classes cooler with their own identities. Brode said that the team prefers to make the nine current hero classes feel more unique rather than spread things thinly over more classes.
Knights of the Frozen Throne circumvented the problem of adding a 10th class by introducing Death Knight cards, which replaced the hero power of the nine classes. However, it appears that actually releasing a 10th class is not in the cards any time soon for Hearthstone.
What's Next For 'Hearthstone'?
Blizzard is releasing updates and expansions amid challenges from competitors such as Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and Magic: The Gathering Arena. A Nintendo Switch version and a 10th class might be possible solutions to keeping its players at bay, but Hearthstone might not even be in danger of losing its throne in the digital card game space in the first place.