Blizzard Officially Ending Heroes of the Storm Development
We all knew that this day might eventually come, but we were hoping that it would not, and that is the day when Blizzard announced that the development of Heroes of the Storm came to an end.
It is pretty unfortunate that it has come to this, but at least players of this game know where the game stands in the eyes of the company.
So, what is going to happen with HotS?
After existing for seven years and somehow surviving through the cancellation of official support for esports, the HotS competitive scene was still alive. However, with this news, it might be the final nail in the coffin for the game.
A lot of people were complaining about how the game is incredibly unfriendly towards newer players. While a full stop on development (aside from bug fixes) is going to help people catch up with unlocking content, it might not keep the game alive for too long.
Blizzard promises to keep the game alive as it did for Starcraft and Starcraft 2 by introducing new seasonal rolls and hero rotations, but the in-game shop will stay the same, and no new content will be added.
If you are still asking yourself should you return to HotS, if you want to play a few games with your friends, you probably should. The game is still just as fun as it was, and playing them with a full premade is always a good time. However, there are better MOBA choices if you want to play it competitively by grinding the game all by yourself.
Blizzard is giving everyone the “incredibly rare” Epic Arcane Chaos Lizard mount for those who wish to provide the game with its last hoorah.
Could anything good come from this?
While no one wants to see their favorite game enter the maintenance mode, it can be a good thing. Maybe Blizzard decides to use the developers on a different project, perhaps a new redesigned type of HotS that will be able to compete better with games like League of Legends and Dota 2.
Perhaps the devs will work on Starcraft 3, the improvement of Warcraft 3: Reforged, or maybe a brand new IP? Of course, this might be wishful thinking, but we will have to see what the future holds.