Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is a new video game being developed by Blizzard Entertainment for Windows and OS X platforms. Just like Valve’s Dota 2, the game belongs to the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre, in which each player controls one character/hero and joins one of two teams that compete against each other.

It is reported to use the freemium model, meaning anyone can sign up for an account and be able to play the game without spending any money, though optional in-game money transactions are also available. These purchases are similar to Dota 2 items; they will only affect the appearance of the heroes in the game (e.g., changing the outfit, mount, etc.) and won’t give players a winning advantage over others.

Heroes of the Storm

Release Date

Blizzard doesn’t currently have an exact date to release Heroes of the Storm, which has been recently put for a wider internal testing. If you want to play the game ahead of its official launch, you can do so by signing up for its beta release. Beta registration involves downloading a Blizzard app that scans your computer’s hardware profile, download speed, and other information. There’s no guarantee that the Blizz will choose you as one of their beta testers, so just keep your hopes up. Other beta tests you can sign up for are Hearthstone, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft.

What to Do for Now

While waiting for the game, here are the cinematic trailer and gameplay sneak preview of Heroes of the Storm:

Heroes of the Storm Cinematic Trailer
Heroes of the Storm Gameplay Sneak Peek

So what do you think? Can this new MOBA game (although Blizzard prefers to categorize it as a “hero brawler” game) win over Dota 2 and League of Legend veterans to switch? I’m sure fellow fans like me are excited to play popular Blizzard characters like Kerrigan and Malfurion in an all-out battle for supremacy!