I'm creating this thread for a very clear (and slightly petty) reason: I'm tired of some people trying to make other people feel guilty or stupid for being worried about the lack of news lately. I've read too many "What were you expecting, Blizzard already said no more new content in late 2018 lul you gullible and delusional suckers" comments in the last weeks. And I don't understand if, as I said in another thread, it's some kind of Mandela effect, or people are just assuming we were lied (I would understand that, but that wouldn't mean it doesn't make sense to ask for what we were told). So, I've gone out of my way to compilate some of the stuff Blizzard and HotS' devs have said about the future of the game. I know there are bits missing (probably) and I jumped over 2019 because I'm pretty sure they didn't say anything in that year that's different from what they said in 2020 (besides, I think more recent information probably reflects the current state of affairs a bit better). I started with Allen Brack's statement because I think it's important to know what he wrote.
Bobby "Subhuman Dregs" Kotick's pawn J. Allen Brack, December 18, 2018.
Despite the change, Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters. We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up the game for long-term sustainability. We’re so grateful for the support the community has shown from the beginning, and the development team will continue to support Heroes with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that has made the game such a unique experience.
Kaeo Milker, April 30, 2020, reddit AMA.
We have features coming that will make the game better while also improving our ability to support it. We have some of the coolest skins in the history of the game yet to come. And we want to be building toward a world where we can add more content to the game year-over-year. Stay tuned!
Kaeo Milker, July 16, 2020, reddit AMA, on the same subject.
We're currently doing a bunch of work to unify and extend our art tools, and that's probably the biggest part of unlocking our ability to make more content.
Brett Crawford, July 16, 2020, reddit AMA, on the same subject.
We are actively working on it – and it's honestly going very well, thanks for asking! We are actually trying to tackle this through multiple means but the most impactful is deep in phase 2 of 3 (opening up technology pipelines to help us scale animation and FX support).
Brett Crawford, July 16, 2020, Interview on Destructoid.
Personally, I don’t see any end in sight. We have a ‘Future Hero List’ that is in triple digits and still expanding. There are so many incredible things in development as well as backlogs a mile long that we still need to get to. I think Heroes will be around for a very long time.
I think this part of the same interview may be interesting, too:
So what's next? Well, we don't really know, and Crawford even acknowledges that Blizzard is known to be "allergic to quoting timelines." He does give us a tease though: "Luckily enough, we have the freedom to take as much time as we need for every new Hero and the time between launches can be highly variable. Some Heroes come together rather quickly while others can take a massive amount of time before we feel they are ready to finally be welcome by the Nexus.
David Warner, December 1, 2020, interview on Destructoid.
Okay so his
kit is sound, but another Warcraft character? A lot of you have had your fill (we need a few more, personally). Warner hears that concern, explaining, "We definitely hear and understand these concerns! Variety is only one factor that goes into deciding which Heroes we’re going to bring the Nexus. It’s a long and complicated affair that involves more than just the buy-in of the design team. Without spoiling too much though, we think these players will be satisfied with our upcoming releases."
Andrew Kinabrew, January 23, 2021, Twitch. When asked about the rumours on the Heroes team having been dismantled after the news regarding the supposed dismantlement of the former Classic Team.
We're fine. We're okay. Thanks for asking (laughs). I have no idea what's going on out there (…). We're just making cool things for you.
All I know is that the people who are on the Heroes Team are trying to make the coolest stuff for you, and a bunch of people want to say we don't exist. So I don't know, you can listen to whatever you want, I guess (…). I mean, if you're paying attention, we just put out a balance patch and we fixed a bug
that was pretty rough for some players. We did it in a couple of days. So there has to be enough people to be able to do that, right?
Andrew Kinabrew, February 10, 2021, Reddit.
Hello friends. There's no panel
because we didn't have anything to share at the moment. I will say that we have content coming including some of my favorite reworks, new mounts/skins and more. Have a good day!
Brett Crawford, February 15, 2021, Reddit.
As you have seen many times in the past, our development cycle goes through ebbs and flows and we are caught in an ebb at the moment, which is very often the case coming out of the Holiday season. That doesn't mean that we don't have anything on it's way, just that we don't have anything we want to spoil, and having an AMA where we can't answer most of your questions isn't really a great AMA, IMO.The team is still hard at work, pumping out as much content as we can that we will be sharing with you as soon as possible – Spazzo has already been doing his best to spoil as much as he can 😉
So, no, neither Allen Brack or other Blizzard employees have been clear about HotS development stopping. Neither Allen Brack or other Blizzard employees have been clear about HotS not getting new content. You can say some or most of what they said is PR talk bullshit. And of course there's a lot of PR tak in Allen Brack, but they did the same PR talk with SC2 last year and there they explicitly told there wouldn't produce more new content. Let's see:
StarCraft II Update, October 15, 2020.
We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most. What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward.
You can say Activision Blizzard plan has -probably- always been gradually stripping down resources off the game until it goes into plain maintenance mode. You can even say "long-term sustainability" and "maintenance mode" sound the same. You can say the restructuring of Team Classic has probably hit the Heroes team somehow. But you cannot say Blizzard have been telling us the game is not going to have new content all this time. That's not true. And I don't understand why are people acting as if Blizzard have been "pretty clear" about it, to the point of making fun of those who expect something from the game, considering the last few quotes. Of course, I am expecting some overly snarky and cynical "lul you can't even tell apart a company trying to lure its fans into not giving up on a dead game" comments, but what can we do. I have to admit I still believe the devs are doing everything they can, and I still appreciate their work very much, even if the cadence these last few months has been horrid and preoccupying.
(The devs are surely browsing the subreddit these past few weeks like "dude, these people are going apeshit". I'm rather apeshit myself so I want not to post again in some time <3)
- A ramble about why I think we’ll get a content drop at, or a fast follow post Blizzcon.
- So, dear devs, what can we expect from now on?
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