As it stands there are a handful of MOBAs around at the moment. We have Riot Games’ League of Legends, Valve’s DotA 2, and of course the original DotA which is still being enjoyed by Warcraft 3 players. So with Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm having yet to be released to the masses, is Blizzard late to the game?
While the evidence would suggest that they are, Blizzard does not appear to be too worried about it. Speaking to the folks at Joystiq at PAX Prime, the game’s director Dustin Browder seems to suggest that Blizzard is not too concerned that being one of the late comers to the burgeoning MOBA scene.
According to Browder, “You know, we never had a plan for StarCraft to turn out the way it did. It’s up to the community.” It should be noted that Blizzard has a very notorious reputation when it comes to releasing games as they have no problems delaying a game’s release if they feel that it isn’t ready, so we can’t say we’re surprised that they are taking their time with Heroes of the Storm.
Browder’s reference to StarCraft also makes sense. The game is still going strong and both the original version and its sequel are still being played competitively by gamers all over the world, and with Valve’s The International tournament gaining so much attention, it doesn’t seem like the MOBA genre will be going away anytime soon.
There is still no word on when Blizzard plans on releasing Heroes of the Storm to the masses, but gamers interested in participating in the game’s beta can do so by heading on over to the game’s official website to register their interest.