We talk Heroes of the Storm at Gamescom 
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Matthew Figueira
August 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

NOVA

I have high hopes for Heroes of the Storm. It’s a MOBA and it’s made by Blizzard, so it really should be amazing when it sees its release one day. I’ve had a fair amount of time with the game myself and I like what I have seen so far. What are the plans for it moving forward?

I had a chat with Kaeo Milker, the senior game producer at Blizzard Entertainment who is overseeing the production of the game. Seeing as he is working on a MOBA, and I myself am a MOBA addict, we chatted for a pretty long time. So long in fact, that the very last minute or so of the interview got cut out because the video file became too big for the card. Still, we managed to talk about nearly everything I wanted to know, which includes abilities, eSport, and new heroes. Due to the length of the interview, I’ve added some gameplay footage to keep you entertained.

I did ask after the interview if there was any kind of indication as to when the game will hit an open beta. I was told that there are still several stages of the alpha before it can even hit closed beta. Sadly, If you are interested in playing the game, I don’t think you will get to play it this year, at least not unless you get an extremely rare invite. I really hope I am wrong. We all know Blizzard works in mysterious ways when it comes to releasing their material..

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    I for one, will be trying this out for sure!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Great. Another MOBWHORE!

      • hairyknees

        Join us <3 COME ONE COME ALL!

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        (whisper voice)
        I’m just saying that to give Martha some false hope…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          But he plays DOTA, surely he’s used to false hope?

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            I sometimes start the game up, and invite him to a session when I know he cannot play, just to toy with him XD

          • http://www.themovies.co.za Rinceable

            Troll level BOSS ;)

        • Sith JJ

          That what she said?

      • http://www.themovies.co.za Rinceable

        lol

    • Spaffy

      SLET!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Admiral Chief Cabbage Assasin?

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        I’ll FINALLY be able to play as NOVA!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That would be SUPER!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Oh you!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            :D

        • Kensei Seraph

          I have hope that if enough people play Nova they will finally make Starcraft: Ghost.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Here is hoping with you dude

        • RCN

          I’d rather play WITH Nova… but… erm… anyhow. :-)

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Indeed, dat ass!

        • Sith JJ
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nova…

          • Sith JJ

            This makes me very uncomfortable.

    • hairyknees

      WOOHOO! :P

  • Hammersteyn

    Just had an idea, if they ever make a sequel to Sunset Riders they should call it Riders of the Storm.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DED812HKWyM

  • Sk3tz0

    Enough Talk about this dam game.. BRING OUT THE OPEN BETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sith JJ

    Oh Kerrigan

  • RCN

    My friend and I each got a beta invite over the past month. He loves the game much more than DOTA 2, but for me it’s the other way around.

    Things he likes I dislike. For instance, your team shares a level. This sounds like the outcome based education of our country… which is failing us miserably. So if one guy fails, we all share in the failure! There are also no items. Where’s my Butterfly? Maybe this is good – I still need to make up my mind.

    On the other hand, it is Blizzard heroes you play with. I’m all sneaky sneaky with Nova, who auto cloakes if she hasn’t attacked or taken damage for a few secs.

    Heroes also have account type levels, so you gain XPs after a game finishes, which then unlocks more of their abilities to use. You also seem to level up your account in parallel to that. I have only played 4 or 5 games, so have to play some more to get a better idea.

    I like that the games are significantly shorter than DOTA games. I just can’t sit on my arse for more than an hour at a time, so the 20-30 minute variation is welcome.

  • meh

    Anyone noticed blizzard make epic animated movies and then the actual game animations and graphics is not that great. Almost child like :S

    Then dota 2 is almost opposite, the game graphics are really good and then they use the in game for their movies which is really cool and still very good looking, but a proper movie would obviously look way better.

    Just my 2 cents, which is off topic.

  • Sith JJ

    Yes dude. I always thought the Blizzard game animations looked so cartoony.

    • J_Joestar

      i think that is largely more of an artistic/stylistic choice than them being bad at making animations though.

      • Sith JJ

        I never said anything about them being bad, quite the contrary actually. I love the way it looks, same goes for the Warhammer series. I just think it looks cartooney.

        • J_Joestar

          ah, sorry, i guess i just assumed it that way since most people that call something cartoony usually do so as an insult rather than as an objective description.

  • MakeItLegal

    I have the install files from a friend but can’t play sigh

  • b1nd3r

    No Offense guys but just go apply for the beta i have about 7 friends and myself that have the alpha, The invites arent as rare as made out to be. It took between 3 to 4 weeks to get an invite from blizz

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