April 19, 2016 PC, Steam
PlayStation 4 (as Hex: Card Clash)
October 17, 2017 (NA)
January 31, 2018 (AU, EU)
February 27, 2018 (JP)
|Delisting||December 31, 2020|
|Links||HEX: Shards of Fate homepage
HEX: Shards of Fate was delisted and its online servers shut down on December 31st, 2020 on PC, Steam, and PlayStation 4. For a time the PlayStation 4 download remained available but upon launching after December 31st the game repeatedly crashed and was unplayable.
After gaining popularity on Kickstarter in 2013 HEX caught the attention of Wizards of the Coast who filed a lawsuit on the grounds of “copyright, patent and trade dress infringement”. This resulted in a 2015 settlement of undisclosed terms that allegedly imposed limitations on HEX’s gameplay, established an ongoing licensing fee to be paid to Wizards of the Coast, and potentially set 2020 as a predetermined end for the game. Hex Entertainment posted a farewell message and announced a Sunset Blowout event on October 1st, 2020:
Hello Hex Community, we have some difficult news to share with you today. The HEX team has put every ounce of our beings into crafting and supporting this truly special game, but we are required to close HEX: Shards of Fate on December 31, 2020.
For more information please see this link: https://www.hextcg.com/press-release-settlement/. HEX has been our dream for over a decade. As a community, your passion and support helped us realize parts of that dream for over 5 years. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Your support all these years allowed us to create the kind of card game the team has always wanted to play and to bring the world of Entrath to life. We will always remember this time we were able to enjoy HEX.
For these last few months, we want to do something special for those of you who continue to play and appreciate HEX. First, as of right now, we have consolidated our queues to make it easier to find a game. We are limiting our tournament offerings to the following:
– Standard Constructed Ladder
– Corinth Merry Melee
– Evolving Sealed Gauntlet
– Draft Gauntlet
– Our remaining CCS tournament on November 21st
Next, we have removed all barriers to entry. All tournament entry costs (except our remaining November 21st CCS, which you still need to qualify for) have been reduced to 0. You can play as much as you like at no cost (no boosters, no platinum, just click and join!). As part of this change, we are closing down HEX currency purchases and putting all booster packs into the store so you can celebrate the full span of HEX’s content. We have always wanted everyone to feel like they are getting great value for supporting us, and, for these last few months, that means playing and enjoying the game as much as you like with our community.
For those without a lot of platinum stored up, we are also granting daily login boosters for the remaining time we have left. Each day, players can log in to receive two of each of the standard legal boosters (Herofall through Doombringer) to build and play with as they wish. We have also changed the rewards of our Draft Gauntlet so anyone can play and win older sets to build with as well. These new rewards are:
3 match wins = 2 Shards of Fate / 2 Shattered Destiny / 1 Armies of Myth / 1 Primal Dawn
2 match wins = 1 Armies of Myth / 1 Primal Dawn
1 match win = Random Rare
Finally, as of this posting, we have also taken snapshots of your collections so we can honor our promises regarding possible future projects in the HEX universe. We cannot say when that might be at this time, but we remain committed to the value of the collections you have made by supporting us this far.Thank you for everything, The HEX Team
Hex Entertainment likely incurred unanticipated legal expenses on top of operating costs for the game that resulted in slower-than-expected development and support. All of the above factors seemingly resulted in the game’s “mixed” reception on Steam and underwhelming player counts, making it even harder for Hex Entertainment to find a way forward for HEX.
About the Game
HEX: Shards of Fate – Magical World for Keen Card Players. HEX: Shards of Fate is an exciting challenge for fans of cards, action and strategy. Explore the fabulous world of Entrath, wrestle your way through sinister dungeons and use skill and guile in matches against other players.
This digital card game combines the best of two worlds: classic TCGs and online RPGs. Create powerful decks from over 1,000 unique cards and dive into epic battles. Earn equipment items and use socketing gems to further improve your deck, whilst a variety of champions with individual skills complement your card armies. Cool animations and effects enrich the gaming experience on your road to victory!
- Play the first digital TCG with RPG elements
- Select a champion from eight races and three classes
- Explore dungeons in the exciting single-player mode
- Put your skills to the test in 1 vs 1 matches and hone your strategies
- Trade cards with friends and other players
- Win amazing prizes in daily tournaments with up to 128 players
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Thanks to FallenRyan for submitting this game to the site