Blizzard is celebrating the recent seventh anniversary of its Heroes of the Storm MOBA by cutting development to focus solely “on client durability and bug fixing.”
In a brief update posted yesterday on the official site, Blizzard said it will now treat MOBA in a “similar manner to our other long-running games, StarCraft and StarCraft II” by continuing seasonal rollovers and rotations. of heroes, but without plans for new “paid content to add”.
As a thank you to everyone who stuck with the game, Blizzard is bringing the “incredibly rare” Epic Arcane Lizard mount to all players with next week’s patch.
“This June marks the seventh anniversary of Heroes of the Storm,” the update reads (thanks, Comic Book). “Combining legendary characters from across our universes, it naturally brought players together in a truly unique experience. Heroes and its community are home to some of the most passionate gamers around the world and we’re committed to ensuring you can continue to enjoy of your adventures through the Nexus.
“Going forward, we will support Heroes in a similar way to our other long-running games, StarCraft and StarCraft II. Going forward, we will continue seasonal rollovers and hero rotations, and although the in-game store will remain operational, there are no plans for new purchasable content to be added Future patches will primarily focus on client durability and bug fixing, with balance updates to come as needed .
The blog post ends with a thank you to the Heroes community.
“You continue to be one of our most passionate communities, we are grateful for your continued dedication and support, and as always, we look forward to seeing you in the Nexus,” it says.
The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to gamers, as Blizzard downsized Heroes of the Storm by downsizing the game’s team and canceling its major esports events in 2018. Staff have been moved to other projects. internal, and there was no official word. on the number of people left to work on the MOBA.
ICYMI, Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra recently said his company wants to “get back to a live event that allows us to celebrate the community” and is “committed to bringing BlizzCon back” in 2023.
The annual BlizzCon event held in Anaheim recently moved online due to Covid, then was scrapped altogether this year as Blizzard dealt with various allegations of staff misconduct and a toxic corporate culture.
In the same interview, Ybarra also defended Blizzard’s use of microtransactions in the recently released free-to-play game Diablo Immortal, and said that the vast majority of players can play most of the game without spending any money.