Most fans know that nothing major has happened in Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm for a long time; a last major balance update in February 2022 was already a highlight. Now, on the 7th anniversary of Heroes, Blizzard officials are putting the game into maintenance mode. After all, there is a gift for all players with a last, big patch.
The decision-makers at Activision Blizzard probably expected a lot of ashes from the MOBA-like hero brawler Heroes of the Storm around nine or ten years ago. Perhaps similar to the dimensions generated monthly via League of Legends at Riot Games. But Heroes of the Storm wasn’t predicted to be as groundbreaking as Hearthstone before it was released in 2015. MOBA players once had their hands on the very strong performing League of Legends and Dota 2; what else does Blizzard want to get involved in? Also a other MOBA, Heroes of Newerthhad to admit defeat to the pressure of competition – and are now doing the same also the folks at Blizzard with Heroes of the Storm. Because for the 7th anniversary, Heroes will officially be sent into maintenance mode.
Maintenance mode – what is it?
Blizzard’s maintenance mode is also active for games like Starcraft and Starcraft 2. This means that the games can still be played, weekly rotations or seasons still remain active. However, apart from balance patches or updates to fix bugs, there will be no more new content. Here’s how it goes in Blizzard-speak: “Going forward, we’ll be supporting Heroes in a similar way to our other long-running games, StarCraft and StarCraft II. New seasons and hero rotations will continue, and the Heroes store will remain active, but we will no longer add any new purchasable content Future patches will primarily focus on client maintenance and bug fixes, with occasional balance updates whenever necessary. As a token of our appreciation, we’re giving all players the ultra-rare Epic Arcane Chaos Lizard mount with next week’s patch.“
Heroes of Newerth has been shut down, Heroes of the Storm (buy now €9.90) remains available. Still, just like Starcraft 2, it’s a shame that the game has been put on maintenance mode. Anyone who has followed the development of Heroes will have got the feeling that Blizzard Entertainment never gave the game a really big chance.