Blizzard’s Warcraft III is where the MOBA games all began. A Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients, or DOTA, is the framework for all major MOBA releases we see today. Blizzard has reportedly been working on their own official MOBA since 2011, under the name Blizzard DOTA, and then Blizzard All Stars.
Today, Blizzard revealed that the title is now called Heroes of the Storm. The name change is showcased in the adorable animated video above from Carbot Animation. No new information has been released at this time, but Blizzard plans on revealing the hero roster, core mechanics, and reward system for the title at this years Blizzcon.
Blizzcon will also showcase it’s upcoming expansion to Diablo 3, Reaper of Souls, at their three day event. Duncan Jones, director of Moon & Source Code, will make an appearance to talk about his upcoming Warcraft film on Saturday, November 9th. If you are a fan of Blizzard, Warcraft, Starcraft, MOBAs or Diablo 3, then keep all eyes peeled during Blizzcon, which runs from November 8th through the 10th. Expect a lot of new information to come out.
This reporter’s opinion: The MOBA space is pretty freaking full right now. The obvious giants of the space are League of Legends and DOTA 2, and with competitors like Infinite Crisis, Smite and Heroes of Newerth coming up behind them, many can question is their room for Blizzard? Time will really only tell, but if any company could do it, it’s Blizzard. They have goodwill from the PC gaming community, the cash, and self promotion ability to make a real run into the space. Plus, they now own the company who first created the MOBA, so they have the legacy to do so. I’ll certainly keep my eyes peeled.
by, Bobby Marquardt