Blizzard not worried about entering the MOBA market

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I’m honestly convinced that Heroes of the Storm will be the game that sways the non-MOBA players into at least tolerating the genre. It has memorable Blizzard characters, is easy enough to pick up and play, and is just darn fun! While the genre may be flooded, Blizzard remain calm, slowly but surely plodding on to the games eventual release.

What you may not know is that Heroes of the Storm started off much like the original DoTA did – as a mod for a Blizzard game. It was originally called Blizzard DOTA, and eventually Blizzard All-Stars. The mod was designed to show off the power of the StarCraft II engine. During development though, Blizzard felt that it could be something more.Dustin Browder, the game’s direcotor, shared his thoughts at PAX Prime (via Joystiq):

“As we were building this mod, we thought, ‘This needs to be a game,'” Browder said. “And the fact is, we do games when we do games.”

No kidding! Blizzard have a well known track record for finishing and releasing stuff when they see it as done. StarCraft II for example is waiting on it’s third expansion. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. Heart of the Swarm, the second expansion, was released way back in March last year.

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Joystiq asked Browder if he was worried about entering the rather flooded genre:

“You know, we never had a plan for StarCraft to turn out the way it did,” Browder said, relating the spacefaring series’ longstanding ties to eSports and its continued popularity more than a decade and a half post-release. “It’s up to the community.” The development team is doing their homework by studying and analyzing their competition before rushing off to take the proverbial test, and that’s led to confidence in the game”

I know Blizzard don’t like to call their game a MOBA, but it does certainly come across as one (3 lanes, a base to destroy, etc). I do think they have done more than enough to separate themselves from the competition though. We’ve all seen the power of community, what with Dota 2 setting new records with it’s community funded TI4 prizepool, and League of Legends having a bazillion fans, Heroes of the Storm has a lot to prove. I do think it will go on to have its own success…eventually, when Blizzard eventually release it into the wild.

There is no solid confirmation on when the beta will start. In the meantime, you could always watch my weekly spotlight videos, where I discuss a hero briefly before playing a game with them. The last one I did was Murky, the annoying but OMG so cute Murloc.

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Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Martha is Online and Blabbering Again

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        XD

    • hairyknees

      Hey, don’t come crying to me when you have a severe Heroes of the Storm addiction 😛

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        I must say, I could have the HotS for this game!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          So lightning has struck & you feel a burning sensation?

          • Spaffy

            That burning sensation in the nether region is NOT lightning induced.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            tee hee

          • Kromas of City17

            Or maybe it is. Apparently Lightning returning is a big thing for some people. 😛

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I already tolerate MOBAs. It’s a genre I have no interest in – & the name of the devs or the characters & setting won’t change that you poor, deluded little cabbage. 😉

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      I don’t mind Dota, I mind the people taking it WAYYYYY to seriously though

      • Kensei Seraph

        There are ways to fix that.
        *Steeples fingers*

      • hairyknees

        WELL IF ONLY YOU PLAYED PROPERLY SCRUB!

        Oh. Is that what you meant? 😛

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          STFU NOOB FEEDER MOMMAS BOY

          (am I doing it right?)

          • Spaffy

            You missed PENISBREATH!!!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Oh right, much to learn in the form of keyboard warrior-ness

          • Spaffy

            1 Hour COD online should cure that

          • hairyknees

            Nearly! You need more caps and swear words :/

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            LIEK THIS YOU PANSY CABBAGE SCHLONG DINGUS?

          • hairyknees

            PERFECT! Please excuse me while I go cuddle my companion cube 🙁

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            THAT’S RIGHT MAKE FLUFFY LOVE!

            [deactivates bile-mode]

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Suddenly his fascination with plushies has taken on a whole new & creepy light.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            …if that “companion” cube could talk…

            PTSD se moer man!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            PORRA-TRAUMATISED STRESS DISORDER IS A REAL ILLNESS!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            We should start a fund for the poor Companion Cube

    • hairyknees

      🙁 #DreamsShattered

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I’m the Iceberg of Reality to your HMS Dream! 😀

        • hairyknees

          No, you’re just the prick who keeps shattering my dreams xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well yes, but my way makes it sound better. 😛

          • hairyknees

            I have dreams
            of a world filled with MOBA
            you’re the prick
            who keeps saying, “NO BRAH!”

            *throws rose into audience*

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            *eats rose*
            *poops sarcastic comment*

          • Spaffy

            You seem to have a few hidden talents.
            Rhyming isn’t one of them, obviously.

          • hairyknees

            Poetry isn’t all about rhyming 🙁 but I did try make MOBA go with NO BRAH?!?!?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yes I spotted that! *give pity credit where credit is due*

          • Spaffy

            Yea, meant to say “POETRY isn’t one of them”
            Not rhyming. I mean, you did rhyme MOBA. That counts for something.

            See, there you made me go all feel bad and shite.
            You… you… CABBAGE!!!
            Ah, feel better already
            😛

          • hairyknees

            Oh you <3 #Forgiveness

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Throwing roses into the audience? O_O

            I suppose we’ve been Bles’d with the Bridges being built.

          • hairyknees

            Lekker <3

      • Ottokie

        #DreamsShattered

        #refresh for pic

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Ottokie

            Shattered Dreams production presents!

          • Spaffy

            Oh you guys are good

  • Viking Of Science

    Replace Banana Stand with MOBA:

    http://giphy.com/gifs/nkOqBHEJ1hcTm

  • Viking Of Science

    @hairyknees:disqus
    (refresh for image)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      LOL

    • hairyknees

      xD

  • Sk3tz0

    Screw MOBA 😛 Bring Back the RTS!!!!!

  • Peter Praker

    And that is the problem with Blizzard. They have fans – and those are the only ones left playing their games. Ever since they began milking profits and doing as little as possible to put out quality work, they only have fans playing their games left. Anyone playing Dota 2, lol, or infinite crisis won’t jump over to any blizzard games. I used to be a huge fan. But the talent left and decisions made by management are all about easy money for poor quality work. I won’t be playing their game.

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