Heroes Of The Storm Shows Signs Of Life With Unexpected Update

Hey, remember Heroes of the Storm? Well, it turns out Blizzard's MOBA isn't quite dead yet!

Published: October 24, 2023 9:06 AM /


Artwork for Heroes of the Storm depicting several Blizzard characters, as well as text showing the name of the game

Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm has received a new update, indicating that the game isn't quite dead yet.

The patch is live right now on the game's Public Test Realm, and while it's a relatively minor one largely consisting of character tweaks and balance changes, it proves the game still has some life in it yet.

Some changes have been made to the Observer UI, mainly relating to health bars; D.Va, Misha, and The Lost Vikings now all have healthbars visible in the interface's top bar.

A player doing battle with enemies in a lava-strewn environment in Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm ceased major development in 2022.

In addition, XP globes will now be displayed as blue for Heroes of the Storm's left team and gray for the team on the right, which should make things a little less confusing.

There are also a ton of balance tweaks for individual characters, including icon color changes, difficulty adjustments, and bug fixes.

All in all, it's not an update that's going to set the world on fire, and if you're a Heroes of the Storm fan, you might have to wait a little longer for a full revival.

However, it is likely to spark speculation regarding Microsoft's plans for the MOBA, especially in the wake of the recently-finalized Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger.

Deathwing swooping down on two characters in Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm features tons of recognizable Blizzard characters.

If you're not up on Heroes of the Storm, it's a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game starring several characters from iconic Blizzard franchises.

Heroes include Warcraft's Anduin, Cho'Gall, and Deathwing, as well as Overwatch's D.Va and Junkrat, StarCraft's Jim Raynor, and the titular protagonists from The Lost Vikings.

The game, which was released in 2015, saw its development team significantly downsized in 2018, with a shift to maintenance-focused development happening in July last year.

Whether this update signals more to come for Heroes of the Storm remains to be seen. For the meantime, however, you can download and play the game right now for free on PC.

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