Although the free Heroes rotation and balancing updates are still going strong, this MOBA is essentially finished!
In 2018, Blizzard took some of the focus away from Heroes of the Storm (moving its devs elsewhere) and then took its eSports championship, Heroes Global Championship, out behind the shed and shot it figuratively in the back of the head. In 2019, the paid loot boxes were kicked down the stairs and can now only be obtained with in-game currency. Then, slowly but surely, the game was getting updates (Mei from Overwatch and the melee assassin Qhira made it into the game), and there were a few events (e.g. cyberpunk theme).
Well, these will not continue. According to a recent post on the Heroes of the Storm blog, the MOBA released seven years ago isn’t getting any new content; they’re rotating free heroes, and patches are coming for balancing, but that’s about it. The post states, “Moving forward, we will support Heroes like our other longstanding games, StarCraft and StarCraft II. In the future, we’ll continue seasonal rolls and hero rotations, and while the in-game shop will remain operational, there are no plans for new for-purchase content to be added.
Future patches will focus on client sustainability and bug fixing, with balance updates as needed. To our Heroes community, we say, ‘thank you. You continue to be one of our most passionate communities, we’re grateful for your continued dedication and support, and as always, we look forward to seeing you in the Nexus.” With the patch coming next week, loyal players will also receive a gift, as an Epic Arcane Lizard mount is coming.
The timing is unfortunate: we recently reported that Blizzard president Mike Ybarra had pointed out that the company is no longer PC-centric. (He also covered his backside by saying that Diablo Immortal players are overwhelmingly doing so for free…) It’s a testament to their change in style. So the heroes of the storm have been tarred and feathered, left with the respirator.