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“Practically 4 years after going into upkeep mode, Blizzard vaguely guarantees to maintain Heroes of the Storm on-line”
Effectively, it’s nonetheless right here
Come December, it’ll have been 4 years since Heroes of the Storm was given the dreaded upkeep mode remedy. Whereas the sport wasn’t deserted, developmental belongings have been considerably curbed, and Heroes hasn’t had a lot in the best way of main new content material updates since. In the interim that won’t change; as Blizzard is giving us a heads-up that Heroes of the Storm will stay on-line sooner or later, however doesn’t promise something large.
Right here’s the total, far-too-brief assertion:
Transferring ahead we’ll help Heroes in a way much like our different longstanding video games, StarCraft and StarCraft II. Sooner or later, we’ll proceed seasonal rolls and hero rotations, and whereas the in-game store will stay operational there are not any plans for brand spanking new for-purchase content material to be added. Future patches will primarily concentrate on shopper sustainability and bug fixing, with stability updates coming as wanted.
So I needed to re-read this a number of instances to truly perceive it. The massive takeaway is “there are not any plans for brand spanking new for-purchase content material to be added.” Whereas that’s imprecise, it seemingly places the kibosh on large content material patches that folks pays cash for, and doubtlessly further heroes. Help “in a way much like different video games” means that it’s going to principally be stored on-line, and a small staff will handle bugs and the like.
There’s two methods to take this information. For a lot of, it’s enterprise as typical. The constructive spin is that the sport isn’t dying anytime quickly, and you may nonetheless log in and play it. Everybody additionally will get the “extremely uncommon epic arcane lizard mount” totally free. So there’s that!
The dangerous information is that in the meanwhile, there’s little hope of Heroes being “revived” with an everyday cadence of latest heroes and large occasions. As somebody who does nonetheless play, I’m completely satisfied it’s nonetheless round, however the staff and the neighborhood deserve extra.
Heroes Lounge — one of many neighborhood’s greatest unofficial efforts to proceed aggressive play after Blizzard dropped help for the sport — has commented on the matter, saying that they’re “dissatisfied” by the information, however will “proceed to help aggressive Heroes” for so long as they can accomplish that. Former senior Heroes designer (and present Diablo IV lead class designer) Adam “AZ” Jackson took to Twitter to share their disappointment as nicely, sharing how a lot the sport means to them, with the pointed message: “I nonetheless love taking part in this sport, and in an ideal world would nonetheless be fortunately engaged on it at the moment.”