Blizzard’s upcoming MOBA now has an official release date, and will soon be moving out of the closed beta test. Heroes of the Storm has been in testing for over a year now, and it is just about ready to challenge both Dota 2 and League of Legends for a place in eSports.
Heroes of the Storm provides a different take on the MOBA genre, with Blizzard adding a lot of its own twists. Hardcore MOBA players may be put off by the casual approach to the game, but it looks like the developers are content to cater to people who don’t play these kinds of games to begin with. Differences like team shared experience, no items, and multiple objective based maps actually makes it look like a fresh take on an increasingly saturated genre.
The game will exit the closed beta stage on 20 May, where it will enter open beta testing. After the short open beta, Blizzard intends to officially launch the game on 2 June; where it will be fully open to everyone. Like every other MOBA, Heroes of the Storm will be free-to-play; with Blizzard making money through selling additional heroes and cosmetic items.
Players currently in the closed beta will not have to worry about their hard work as Blizzard has promised that there will not be any server wipes as the game moves towards the launch. All progress made will be carried forward into the final release.
With that in mind, Blizzard’s regional SEA partner Asiasoft will be holding special Heroes of the Storm events leading to the 2 June launch. What these events are and when they will take place has not been revealed. Asiasoft is also still handing out closed beta keys for those who want to start playing Heroes of the Storm before it goes into the open beta test. There are limited keys to be redeemed each day, and these can be redeemed from the website.