Heroes of the Storm has taken a hit today as the team behind the title gets downsized in an executive move by Blizzard.
Blizzard is moving staff from Heroes of the Storm to other internal projects, in a move Blizzard has repeatedly reiterated as a “very difficult decision.” Blizzard has released a statement regarding the decision, which is signed off by boss J. Allen Brack and creative chief Ray Gresko.
“We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history.“ Blizzard said in their statement. “We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, 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.”
This is, of course, not the first time a move like this, as Blizzard stated themselves in their statement, “Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.”
This doesn’t mean the end for Heroes of the Storm, the title will still be getting updates, including new heroes, however, the pace of such updates is let to be determined. The move does, sadly, mean the end of Heroes of the Storm’s esports endeavors, at least on an official, Blizzard-backed level.
“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. This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.”
Blizzard closes their statement with an appreciative thank you to the developers and community for their backing of Heroes of the Storm.
“We appreciate all of our hard-working developers and everyone in the Blizzard community, and look forward to sharing many more epic gaming experiences with you in the future.”
As painful as it is to admit as a fan of the title, of all of Blizzard’s current roster of live titles, Heroes of the Storm really is the only title that seems viable to scale back, what with Starcraft still boasting a sizable pro scene, World of Warcraft forever being the go-to MMO, and Overwatch being Overwatch, it makes sense for Heroes of the Storm to get the staff cut. Thankfully this doesn’t mean the end for the title, meaning we can still enjoy watching D.Va hop around like a bunny on all your favorite Warcraft heroes.