Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm launches
Blizzard‘s team-based MOBA, ‘Heroes of the Storm‘ has launched.
As you probably know, MOBA’s are only going to become more and more common as gamers warm up to the genre, and the demand for one in Blizzard‘s extended universe has been palpable. This comes from the official press release:
“Heroes of the Storm delivers rowdy team brawls with quick matches, dynamic Battlegrounds, and Blizzard’s trademark strategic gameplay and humour. In Heroes of the Storm, players form teams of five heroes or villains from Blizzard’s different game universes, including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, and battle other teams for glory in the Nexus. No matter which roles they choose, players are able to make meaningful contributions to their team’s war effort, and everyone is rewarded for a team victory.
“Nowhere else can you find your favourite heroes and villains from different Blizzard games teaming up and duking it out in short, action-packed battles,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Players battled each other in over 100 million matches during testing, and we saw tons of surprising strategies and insane last-minute wins—we can’t wait to see what else players come up with now that Heroes of the Storm is officially live.”
Fun and variety lie at the heart of Heroes of the Storm. Players have a wide range of options for customising how their heroes look and play, with different abilities, skins, and mounts to suit their strategy and personality. And as a place where universes collide, the Nexus features several unique and colourful Battlegrounds, each with different objectives that shape gameplay and create a team-brawler experience unlike any other. The game currently has 37 playable Heroes and 7 Battlegrounds—and more of both are on the way.
Heroes of the Storm also features multiple gameplay modes for players of every skill level, including cooperative Versus AI, in which players team up against computer-controlled opponents, and Quick Match, an accessible way to jump in and play versus others. Experienced players can also join forces against other teams in highly competitive, draft-style ranked play.
In celebration of the game’s launch, players who enter the Nexus within the first week (June 3–9) will receive a special in-game portrait. Players will also receive XP boosts during the first three weeks of launch—perfect for working toward that shiny new Master Skin.
Everyone is invited to tune in to the Heroes of the Storm YouTube channel Saturday, June 7, from 5 a.m.–8 a.m. AEST for a special online event—Heroes of the Storm: The Mayhem Begins. Live-streamed from the YouTube studios in Los Angeles, the event will include a sneak peek at never-before-seen content presented by members of the development team, as well as showmatches featuring Jesse Cox, Cloud9, and the reigning Heroes of the Dorm champions, UC Berkeley.
Following on the success of Heroes of the Dorm, the first collegiate eSports tournament to be telecast live on an ESPN network, Heroes of the Storm is launching with an intense Road to BlizzCon eSports tournament, featuring competition spanning the Americas (including Australia and New Zealand), Europe, China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Over 1.2 million USD is up for grabs, and the top eight teams will face off at BlizzCon® on November 6–7 in Anaheim, California. Head over to the Road to BlizzCon announcement blog to learn more and sign up for a shot at becoming the best Heroes of the Storm team in the world.
Heroes of the Storm is available for Windows® and Mac® PC and has received a Mature rating from the Australian Classification Board. In addition to the English version, the game is localized into French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Visit www.heroesofthestorm.com to learn more, download the game, and jump into battle!