Blizzard scales back Heroes of the Storm development cadence, esports, and dev team

    
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HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIIIIIIIDE

If you wondered how Blizzard MOBA Heroes of the Storm was performing, today’s announcement should serve as a pretty good clue it’s not going that great. While the company says “Heroes of the Storm remains [its] love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters” and that it’ll “continue actively supporting the game” with new content, the “cadence” of that content will change.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects,” Blizzard’s J. Allen Brack and Ray Gresko write. “We’ve also evaluated our plans around Heroes esports – after looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019.”

They don’t actually say the words maintenance mode, but “setting up the game for long-term sustainability” sounds like it’s nearing Diablo III levels of care, if you take our meaning.

Source: Official site. Thanks, Mkie.
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Moving devs to mobile games like they said in that press conference?

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Annoyed badger

Not ever really been fan of this game tbh, but its a shame, it filled a niche in the genre that other games like league or dota did not.

But the fundamental issue is the type of person who plays mobas is not looking for a such a casual game as Hots, the depth is what is rewarding, yes it makes the game accessible to cut it back and simplify it, so barriers to entry are removed, but the depth is what leads to retention. Its why people play dota for so many years and still feel there is so much to learn.

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Greaterdivinity

Not gonna lie, I’m impressed they supported it this strongly, this long. It’s never seemed like it’s been a big hit for them and it struggled for a while, but they threw some serious money behind development and esports support for years to try to make this a success. Eventually you have to cut your losses and admit that a game isn’t going to be the kind of success you want.

THAT BEING SAID, the way this happened is super fucked up. They had big announcements barely over a month ago, had no hints or warnings that things were going to change, didn’t give any of the pro players advanced warning (apparently), and don’t really have any meaningful communications about what’s coming up and what to expect beyond that blog post from Brak, apparently (few friends that player found some hopeful posts from a dev, but they’re devoid of anything beyond vague words).

Man, OW and HS are doing great but it seems like everything else in the Blizzard catalog is struggling one way or another. WoW is a clusterfuck and a gigantic mess, HotS just took a shot to the gut, Starcraft…uh…exists, Diablo….also exists and has a game nobody is really excited about coming up. I think that hits all their titles at the moment.

This isn’t his fault as Blizzard has been going down this path for a while, but this isn’t an auspicious start for new CEO J. Allen Brak : /

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Akagi

I hope Blizzard utterly and completely fails soon and gets sold to some Chinese firm, probably one that owns pig farms.

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Michael18

Maybe the MOBA genre is just not amenable to Blizzard’s approach of popularizing hardcore/niche genres by making them more accessible. Or they somehow did not find the right balance and feature set to make it appealing to enough casuals?

In any case, I can’t see a problem here. Blizzard scaled down the effort it’s putting into the game, thus limiting its losses and being able to spend the resources in more worthwhile areas, and for the people who enjoyed the game, they at least continue to support it on a level somewhere above pure maintenance mode. Seems to me like a good move overall.

If there are signs that Blizz is spiraling downward like Bioware et al., I’d say we have to look elsewhere.

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Bruno Brito

Considering that this was caused by design issues with Hots and them mismanaging their competitive scene, not really. This is a problem that they created.

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James Crow

We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to Diablo Immortal cuz you all have phone XD

this thing can stay forever, best line ever :D

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Solaris

I find this to be very sad. I’m not a huge MOBa fan, but I enjoyed HotS and thought it had a lot of heart. Great tribute to some great franchises. Blizzard is going down the road Bioware did, and it’s quite depressing.

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semugh

Nah, it just means blizzard is no longer living in vacuum. It’s good for the industry and good for the company, too.

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rosieposie

Activision demands!

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Ryan Allgood

Well that’s a shame. Admittedly I haven’t been playing lately. But this was definitely my favorite moba. I find the others either incredibly frustrating or incredibly obtuse.

Also something tells me they’re “shifting” these devs to a mobile title to cash in on that. =p At least that’s better than outsourcing a Chinese reskin?

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Bannex

I personally don’t know anybody that played this game. I found it pretty damn boring.

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McGuffn

This was my problem with it. I played it casually for a few months, then they had this special event earlier this year where you got a Warcraft mount and something else for playing with your friends. Well, none of my friends wanted to play.

The event just killed any interest I had in the game and I haven’t logged in since.

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Bannex

I remember that event. Im still pissed about it lol. There was no way I was grinding that out

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Sorenthaz

It’s a good casual MOBA for folks who don’t want to bother with LoL’s BS. It’s pretty much the only decent alternative to LoL out there unless you want to do a much more srs hardcore alternative, i.e. DotA 2.