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Ex-Heroes of the Storm Balance Designer on the Game Entering Maintenance Mode

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Adam Jackson who worked on Heroes of the Storm as a Balance Designer shared his thoughts about the game entering maintenance mode.

In case you've missed today's news, Heroes of the Storm is officially entering maintenance mode with no new content and updates focusing on balance changes and stability (bug fixes). You can read more about that here.

Adam Jackson who now works on Diablo IV was previously on the Heroes of the Storm team. You can read more about what he had to say about everything in a series of tweets that we include below.

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They killed the wrong game. Hots has still some interest and is one of a kind in Blizzard library. I don't understand why abandon this and still make updates for Diablo 3 which is pointless while there is D2, Immortal and D4 coming out next year. 

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To be a success D4 will have to blow poe and lost ark out of the water while not even mentioning or borrowing from d3/immortal. WoW is on life support and all the other IPs have been crippled, gutted, cut and rushed to completion. D4 is the only thing in the pipeline people are eagerly awaiting and immortal is so bad that people are questioning d4. Dragonflight is awaited by current wow players who have swollen to such numerous ranks...

I am not confident nublizz is capable of such a feat, whether its because of the team or the strings they are hampered by further up the corporate chain.

Starcraft dead

Hots dead

Wc3 dead

WoW dying

d2 stagnant

D3 dead

overwatch dead

immortal disgusting

Any newly developed additions to IPs have been at best met with mediocre reception and there are no signs that anything will be different. Yet you will all keep preordering expecting different.

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The maintenance mode message wasn't even signed by anyone.

 

No one cared enough.

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11 minutes ago, wetsocks said:

Yet you will all keep preordering expecting different.

I for one learned my lesson, for what it's worth. I was one of the people that pre-ordered WC3: Reforged based on their promises and the hype of remastered cinematics, etc.

 

I haven't pre-ordered anything since.

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15 hours ago, wetsocks said:

Starcraft dead

Wc3 dead

These 2 are being held together by map and campaign creators.

Starcraft II has seen a lot of content the last year compared to how it was after they cut off life support for it.

For SC2 it was the campaign moddability that was finally completed recently, it spawned many variations of the 3 main campaigns, a whole new campaign was in the making and is currently being released (UED First Light). 

Starcraft will always be the state-of-art RTS in the market thanks to the moddability, performance and overall original Blizzard level polish

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15 hours ago, TyZone said:

The maintenance mode message wasn't even signed by anyone.

 

No one cared enough.

We will likely see more messages from "the team" for their other titles as well, in case they want to deliver "less positive" news. They just want to avoid situations when people are going after specific individuals. Note how it was posted on friday, usually this is the day for bad news, so there is time to cool down over a weekend. That and HotS didn't even have lead designer. 😁 

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