'Free to play' may be a dirty term for some gamers, but Wargaming.net are in the business of doing it right. Having built an empire on quality multiplayer action games with fair balanced economies, such as World Of Tanks, World Of Warplanes and the upcoming World Of Warships, they've now decided to expand in a different direction with a CCG (Collectible Card Game).
World Of Tanks: Generals is the result: a turn-based collectible card game featuring World War II hardware, which has now entered into closed beta on PC.
"With numerous cards available, each battle turns into an intense combination of sudden strikes, massive onslaughts and cunning tactical trickery in highly dynamic 1-on-1 online combat," explains the pitch. "Based on your own unique playing style, construct a deck from over 200 unique cards and crush your enemies."
Cards are split between three factions (USA, Germany and USSR) and include headquarters, tanks, artillery, orders and squads, as well as special bonus cards that grant additional firepower or defenses, adding an extra dimension of strategy to gameplay.
Given Hearthstone's success, it's small wonder that Wargaming.net are looking to experiment in that direction, especially since they can bring a completely different flavour to the proceedings as well as a massively popular established brand. Hopefully we'll see some unlockable cards or incentives enter WoT, World Of Warplanes or World Of Warships too.
World of Tanks Generals will initially launch as a browser-based title, followed by iOS and Android clients. If you want to try it out, you can still register for the closed beta using your existing Wargaming account.