Blizzard is now moving developers away from their MOBA Heroes of the Storm to focus on other projects, which is their latest announcement in a blog post today. The post was made by new Blizzard President J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko. Along with that, the company will also cancel HotS' official Esports structures. So that's mean Heroes of the Storm is dying? Not quite, because Blizzard will still continue actively supporting the game for the community.
"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," the post reads. "Despite the change ... we’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change."
Heroes of the Storm was released on June 2, 2015, as a new take on the MOBA genre from Blizzard. And while the game never as popular as the towering MOBA behemoths that are League of Legends and Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm still have a modest, dedicated fan base that loved the game. However, Blizzard says the "harsh decision" was made to support the other live games and unannounced projects that the company is working on.
The esports structure of Heroes of the Storm also got canceled, with the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm - HotS' professional and collegiate-level esports systems - will not return in 2019.
"While we don’t make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other live games and all the projects we have in the works," Blizzard says. "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."