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Hearthstone has been out in full release for just six months, but according to Blizzard, the free-to-play card game has already amassed 20 million players.

The official Hearthstone twitter account tweeted out the statistic today in the above graphic, writing, “Thank you all for joining us in Hearthstone! We’re going to need a bigger tavern!”

That puts Blizzarrd’s experiment with a new gaming model well above the current number of World of Warcraft subscribers (which currently hovers around 6.8 million). However, Blizzard doesn’t specify how frequently those Hearthstone players are active, and as a free game, there’s no barrier to entry for anyone who wants to try out a few rounds.

Leading the current surge in interest was likely the single-player Curse of Naxxramas expansion that started rolling out in July, and the game keeps players coming back regularly by knocking everyone down in the leaderboards at the start of each month (but as long as you get to rank 20, you earn a new, colorful card back).

We’ll be sure to learn more about what Blizzard has in store for the game during November’s annual Blizzcon event, but we already know that the next expansion will focus on adding a large number of cards to players’ decks rather than a Naxxramas-like experience. And Hearthstone is due out on mobile devices some time this year.

But what do you want to see from Blizzard for its competitive card game in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald

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As we approach a full decade since the last release in the Xenosaga series, Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada has found himself receiving a number of requests for a Xenosaga HD Collection. While he can’t guarantee anything will happen, he has encouraged fans to band together in an effort to get such a collection made.

Harada, who is best known as the producer of the Tekken series (which, like Xenosaga, is published by Bandai Namco), sent out a message addressed to the “Xenosaga fan community” through Twitter today. In it, he noted fans’ wishes to see an HD Collection released, but said it’ll take more than the same people–or the “same person”–sending him messages every day to make it happen.

“It has been a long time since Xenosaga has been released,” Harada wrote. “It really brings back memories of those days they were developing the first Xenosaga staying up all night, when the Tekken project was also staying up all night on the same floor at [the] office.”

Harada said last year’s international release of Project X Zone (a 3DS crossover game featuring characters from a variety of franchises, including Xenosaga) prompted him to explore whether there was “a business chance for Xenosaga HD remaster.” He said, “[A]t that time … I was not able to find the necessary market size that will pay for the development fee needed to create the HD remaster.”

He acknowledged the possibility that he “didn’t work hard enough,” but said what he needs now “are the voices from many fans.” By this, he means more than one person tweeting him every day–there needs to be a large group of people interested in a Xenosaga release, not a small number of people who say they’ll each buy 100 copies. “Most companies will not believe in it,” he said of those claims.

“What’s important in these kinds of cases is the number of unique users,” he continued. “It means more to have 100 people mentioning they want the game one time, rather than having one person repeating it 100 times. A miracle would happen if several tens of thousands are gathered at the end. Of course, involvement from the company is needed for this but…”

In addition to the recently announced Tekken 7, Harada is also working on Pokken Tournament, a fighting game featuring Pokemon characters. Meanwhile, Xenosaga developer Monolith (which is, as of 2007, controlled by Nintendo) is at work on the Wii U game Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The original Xenosaga, a spiritual follow-up of sorts to Xenogears, was released for PlayStation 2 in 2002 in Japan and a year later in North America. In the coming years, it would receive two sequels, also for PS2.

Would you be interested in a Xenosaga HD Collection, or are you more interested in Xenoblade Chronicles X? Let us know in the comments below.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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The Pokemon Company teases that a “shocking” new project Pokemon project of some sort will be announced next week. Unfortunately, it’s provided no indication as to what this project could be–it’s possible it won’t turn out to be a game–or what, exactly, makes it “shocking.”

This tease was made on the official Japanese Pokemon website (as translated by Siliconera). The announcement will be made during a live stream on Nico Nico next Tuesday, August 26, in collaboration with Japanese video game publication Famitsu. The stream will begin at 10 PM JST (6AM PDT/9AM EDT). Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara will descend from his tower of money to make an appearance.

Among the Pokemon video game projects we know about right now are the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes headed to 3DS in November and the card game coming to iPad. Siliconera notes that, last year, a teaser image was shown at a Pokemon event that may have revealed a new game. The site also uncovered trademarks for two names–Pokken Fighters and Pokken Tournament–that may be related, though whether that is the case (or if that has anything to do with the upcoming announcement) is unclear for the time being.

Outside of the games themselves, there has been no shortage of Pokemon news recently, between the online merchandise store going live, an orchestral concert tour being announced, and the launch of a dedicated iTunes hub.

Considering the door is wide open as to what next week’s announcement could be, what would you most like to see–a 3D RPG for Wii U? A new Pokemon Snap? Something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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