Wave goodbye to your level 15 classes.
By Tim Colwill on September 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Don’t get too attached to your Hearthstone characters: the inevitable beta wipe is coming, and Blizzard have explained that this will allow them to move to new hardware and support the influx of new players.
“Wipes aren’t super fun,” writes Zeriyah on the forums. “In fact, they are negative fun. We chose to wipe in the closed beta at this point so we can impact as few people as possible. We understand that wiping data in Hearthstone may cause some frustration for people, but we anticipated having to do this since day one. Wiping will allow us to balance classes and carefully monitor that balance with a bigger player pool.”
Zeriyah says that the current closed beta limitations are due to the actual limitations of the hardware.
“We were limited in the amount of people we could invite to the first part of closed beta just due to these hardware limitations. With this patch and wipe, we’ll be making some serious transitions into hardware that can accommodate a larger pool of players. TLDR: Brace yourselves, the opt-ins are coming.”
“It’ll be a process—the gates won’t swing wide open right away, since we still need to make sure this hardware can hold up to the punishment we’re about to inflict upon it. However, as we invite more players to the closed beta test, the feeling of ‘hey, he’s in closed beta now and I’m not so he has a big advantage!’ will diminish greatly since those players that have that small amount of play time ‘benefit’ will soon be in the vast minority.”
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