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.