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Heroes of the Storm (formerly titled Blizzard DotA, and Blizzard All-Stars) is a hero brawler. It is free-to-play and the game was released digitally. Formerly a mod for StarCraft II, it has since become an independent product.
The game launched June 2nd, 2015.
This is Blizzard DOTA! Coming soon(ish)™. Seriously!"
- Original mod summary(src)
Heroes of the Storm made its first appearance at BlizzCon 2010. The idea at the time was to used it as a showcase for the abilities of the Galaxy Map Editor, as with Wings of Liberty having just shipped, Blizzard would have nothing new to show on the StarCraft front of the event. In this build, heroes could use currency earned in battle to purchase upgrades in shops. They then fought alongside allied creeps for maximum efficiency and crush enemy towers and their bases. Two factions existed in the game—the Guardium and the Scourge. Each hero had a "good" (Guardium) and "evil" (Scourge) version. The evil incarnation usually wore some zerg armor.
As of July, 2011, the game had entered playtesting. By August of the same year, the game has undergone a complete reboot, the original version "flattened." According to Frank Pearce, the original version bore too much resemblance to its Warcraft III counterpart, where novice players were at a disadvantage. Blizzard seeks to redesign the game to make it "easy to learn, difficult to master. After another positive showing at BlizzCon 2011, the game had more passion inside Blizzard, and they began to discuss what they could do with the MOBA (or "hero brawler" as it was called internally) genre. It was decided to make the game easy to get into with a focus on team gameplay.
During development, a number of employees who had worked on Blizzard's Project Titan were shifted to work on All-Stars. As of August 2013, the game's development has reached "a significant internal milestone," and has entered wider internal playtesting. Blizzard will have more information on the game later in the year.
Blizzard DotA (as it was originally called) was the subject of some controversy, in light of Valve's Dota 2. Blizzard has taken steps to prevent any trademarking of "DotA" or any other acronymn of "Defense of the Ancients," maintaining that it should remain with the Warcraft modding community, from which the concept sprung. In May of 2012, both Valve and Blizzard reached an agreement—Valve would be able to use the term "DotA" commercially while Blizzard could use it in a non-commercial sense. The name of the Blizzard version was changed to "Blizzard All-Stars," which Rob Pardo stated "ultimately better reflects the design of our game." It was later changed to "Heroes of the Storm."
The following StarCraft elements exist in the game:
The following StarCraft heroes are/will be playable:
- Tychus Findlay (includes an infested terran skin)
- Sarah Kerrigan (as the primal Queen of Blades)
- Bama Kowalski (siege tank pilot, original character, referred to as Sgt. Hammer)
- Rosa Morales (medic, original character, referred to as Lt. Morales)
- Jim Raynor
- Nova Terra (includes a Kerrigan color variant for her time as a ghost)
Proposed and Data-only
The following StarCraft heroes have been proposed for the game or data exists for the following StarCraft heroes in the game:
- Hybrid reaver
- Arcturus Mengsk
- Alexei Stukov
- Gabriel Tosh
- Valerian Mengsk
- Horace Warfield
The following skins make reference to the StarCraft franchise. Note these do not include Master skins for StarCraft characters.
- Purifier Artanis
- The Butcherlisk (ultralisk skin)
- Spectre Illidan
- Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan
- Grunty Murky
- Spectre Nova
- Commander Raynor (suitless Raynor)
- Raider Rexxar
- Spectre Tracer
- Infested Tychus
- Prisoner Tychus (Tychus from The Deal cinematic)
- Medic Uther
- High Templar Zeratul
- Zerg Hunter Zeratul
- Ghost speeder (not yet implemented)
- Predator (Regular, golden and obsidian)
- Void speeder
Units and Structures
- Adjutant (map adviser)
- Archon (temporary transformation by Tassadar)
- Archangel (boss mercenary)
- Baneling (summoned by Zagara and Infested Tychus)
- Broodling (summoned by Zagara's nydus worm)
- Banshee (summoned by Raynor)
- Bunker (StarCraft themed fort, used as the egg for Grunty Murky)
- Creep tumor (summoned by Zagara)
- Cyclone (as a minion)
- Drakken laser drill (summoned by Tychus)
- Factory (background detail)
- Ghost (as a minion)
- Goliath (mercenary)
- Guardian (neutral creep)
- Hellbat (mercenary)
- Hunter Killer (summoned by Zagara)
- Holo decoy (summoned by Nova)
- Hyperion (summoned by Raynor)
- Keystone (special event)
- Larva (wielded by Grunty Murky)
- Locust (summoned by Abathur)
- Marine (as a minion)
- Marauder (as a minion)
- Medivac dropship (summoned by Morales)
- Missile turret (StarCraft-themed turret)
- Minerals (background detail)
- Mutalisk (summoned by Zagara)
- Nuclear missile (fired from Tychus's Odin, collected on Warhead Junction)
- Nydus worm (summoned by Zagara)
- Odin (summoned and piloted by Tychus, though uses the Blackhammer model)
- Planetary Fortress (StarCraft-themed core)
- Raven (mercenary)
- Roachling (summoned by Zagara)
- Sac (summoned by Zagara)
- Scourge (summoned by Infested Tychus's Odin)
- SCV (background unit)
- Seeker missile (attack from ravens)
- Spear of Adun (summoned by Artanis)
- Spine crawler (summoned by The Butcherlisk)
- Stim drone (summoned by Morales)
- Swarm host (boss mercenary)
- Symbiote (summoned by Abathur)
- Torrasque (summoned by Kerrigan)
- Toxic nest (summoned by Abathur)
- Twilight archon (temporary transformation by Tassadar)
- Ultralisk (summoned by Kerrigan)
- Zergling (summoned by Kerrigan)
- Stimpack (usable item)
The following StarCraft elements were present in early builds but have since been removed/altered:
- Edmund Duke (replaced by Kowalski)
- Grunty (originally a hero, has since become a skin for Murky)
- Horace Warfield (replaced by Kowalski)
- L80ETC (replaced by Elite Tauren Chieftain)
- Leon (absent from current builds)
- Sarah Kerrigan (as a ghost, became a color variant for Nova)
- Ultimaton (absent from current builds)
- Vaevictis (absent from current builds)
- Khaydarin amulet (equipable item)
- The symbol of Heroes of the Storm is available as a decal in StarCraft II multiplayer for players who purchased a ticket or virtual pass for BlizzCon 2014.
- An achievement for the mission The Infinite Cycle is named "Hero of the Storm," and is a possible reference to the game.
- In the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void mission "Into the Void", doubloons from the Blackheart's Bay map appear surrounding a treasure goblin from the Diablo series.
- Portraits for the Sons of Korhal, Zerg Swarm, Khalai Caste, Dominion Marine Corps, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void symbols are unlockable in Heroes of the Storm.
- During the Fright Night mutator in Co-op Missions, the background music of the Cursed Hollow and Towers of Doom maps plays.
- In the Nova Covert Ops mission "Dark Skies", a structure in the eastern lane of the map has a holographic Space Lord's Starbreaker mount, as well as posters of the Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan skin.