Hearthstone’s new Mercenaries game mode drops the decks entirely
Mercenaries are Hearthstone’s next game mode. This turn-based RPG features a small group of Warcraft characters and at least one non-Warcraft character. The Mercenary characters are available to players to use against other teams in both PvP or PvE modes. Blizzard will be releasing Mercenaries on October 12.
Players will begin with eight Mercenary characters and the main hub, a village. Players can manage their characters and base from the Village. They then can send their team off on a Bounty run that is procedurally generated or to a match against another player. There will be more than 50 Mercenaries at launch, including Sylvanas and the Lich King. Completing the Mercenaries Prologue grants players a Rosemount in World of Warcraft.
There are three types of Mercenaries: Protector, Caster and Fighter. They all exist in a rock paper scissors system. After determining their three characters, the players can begin combat. This is turn-based. The round begins with each side choosing their actions and the other playing. The format feels similar to Hearthstone‘s Battlegrounds mode, with rounds split between decision making and action.
Hearthstone publisher Activision Blizzard faces wide-ranging allegations that it maintains a toxic workplace environment that is particularly hostile to women, pays them less, and subjects them to sexual harassment, and that perpetrators are not meaningfully punished, according to a lawsuit filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing in July. You can read more about the allegations against Activision Blizzard in Polygon’s explainer. Many Warcraft fans have been forced to leave the franchise by the lawsuit. Some even used their remaining World of Warcraft gaming time to protest.