During the opening ceremony of Blizzard’s 7th BlizzCon convention, Game director Dustin Browder took to the stage to give some early details surrounding the team’s upcoming universe-crossing MOBA Heroes of the Storm. During the presentation Browder made it clear Blizzard wanted to present new challenges to players not found in current MOBA design. Speaking to the crowd he said:”It’s not enough to pay homage to the games. We have to provide you with new challenges, and challenge the genre.”
As such Browder detailed several new battlegrounds, each more than just a map, but a story with its own characters and ways to play. In Blackheart Bay, players collect cursed treasure in order to win over the local ghost pirate and cause him to rain down haunted cannon balls from his ship on your enemies. Other battlegrounds, will offer summonable demons or the ability to transform one chosen player into a feared Dragon Knight.
Playable characters visible in the presentation’s small gameplay trailer included both versions of Kerrigan from Starcraft 2, Raynor, Tyrael, Diablo and the Lich King. Surprisingly, even Pudge the Butcher seems to be back in Heroes of the Storm. Hooks for everyone!
Finally, Browder revealed beta signups for Heroes of the Storm would go live today. Interested players can signup through the beta profile settings on battle.net.