Heroes of the Storm [official site] is currently debuting new hero Chromie, a forgetful gnome who also happens to secretly be a Bronze Dragon called Chronormu. How does that even work? I’m going to try to find out.
RPS Feature How games fit into relationships
I was in a long distance relationship for over two years and gaming was incredibly useful for keeping in touch with my partner*. But not every game was a good fit, either because of relative game experience or temperament or any number of other things. So here are some of the games which worked and some of the games which didn’t. I’m going to explain them from my point-of-view because I don’t want to presume to know exactly what his experience was!
Every character in Blizzard’s free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] will be available to play free of charge this weekend. Normally HotS has the usual MOBA deal of only making a small, rotating lineup of ten wizards free at any one time, wanting people to pay up (real or fake money) to unlock wizards permanently. But with the grand finals of their Heroes of the Dorm college team tournament this weekend, Blizzard are celebrating and welcoming folks in with an unlocked roster and bonus XP.
I’m starting to feel like your accidental official Blizzard correspondent at the moment. I think it’s because I’ve been playing a lot of Heroes of the Storm [official site] and Overwatch [official site] so both are in my brain when I’m scouting for news. When I have time I should really update my thoughts on both games, actually. I’ll add that to the To Do scroll.
BEFORE THAT let us turn our attention to a piece of cross-over news. Tracer, the dual pistol-wielding, timey-wimey cockney from Overwatch will be joining the cast of Heroes Of The Storm this month and Blizzard have released a video to showcase her abilities and skins.
My knowledge of StarCraft lore is perhaps best described as “minimal” but there’s a short Hotline Bling reference in the Dehaka introduction video so now I have “You used to call me through the Overmind…” stuck in my head as a lyric. It kind of fits as Dehaka’s whole deal is that he stayed home on the Zerg planet and is an individual not part of a swarm but I’m not sure that the Overmind would have ever called him because he doesn’t have a psionic connection which I assume you need for zerg brain broadband and booty calls from the Overmind or whatever.
Anyway, here’s how the hero works:
Blizzard’s take on the lane-pusher genre had maps of various shapes and sizes, but it was missing a one-laner until now. With their latest, the Lost Cavern, Heroes of the Storm [official site] wants to give the community something they were apparently already trying to make on their own: a map with no objectives, no lane pushing, and just one unending teamfight in the middle.
Predictably, it won’t be part of the competitive side of the game. More surprisingly, it won’t have its own dedicated queue: people will have to personally invite their friends to enjoy it. And it won’t be quite an ARAM map. Just an AM, without the random.
Prepare the cake and light up the candles, because Heroes of the Storm [official site] has announced its next hero, bringing the roster up to 50 characters! What do you say? We don’t do candles and cake anymore? We just give them an achievement?
Anyway, as reported by Destructoid, it’s Dehaka’s turn to join Blizzard’s MOBA. He comes from Starcraft, and among his abilities it stands out that he won’t be able to use mounts.