Hey, you! You there in the Blizzard-branded t-shirt, with the Blizzard flat cap, the Blizzard denim vest, the Blizzard cashmere scarf, the Blizard pocketwatch, and the Blizzard gardening gloves: fancy seeing your favourite Blizzardmen in a new way? Blizzard are making all characters in their crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] free to play with this weekend. What would Zarya out Overwatch say if she met a Murloc? What do the Lost Vikings make of Zergmen? And for god’s sake, will you push mid and win? Find out from Friday.
The full Heroes of the Storm hero will be open to everyone from 6pm UK time until 6pm on Monday, Blizzard announced.
Normally, a rotating selection of heroes is free for everyone. To play a specific hero whenever they please, players need to unlock them by paying real or fake money.
That’s fairly common in the F2P MOBAworld but I must say I do prefer the Dota 2 method of making all wizards open to everyone all the time, then making money by selling virtual wizard hats, scarves, vests, pocketwatches, and gardening gloves. Valve have the benefit of a well-established modding ecosystem to funnel new hats, vests, etc. into the game, mind. Still, that was enough to make Dota 2 one of 2016’s highest-grossing games on Steam even though it’s free-to-play.
I just really like wizard hats, okay.