It’s been a bad year for Blizzard games. The Diablo community is up in arms after Blizzcon’s announcement of Diablo Immortal, the World of Warcraft community has nothing but complaints about the current expansion, and even Overwatch‘s popularity has fallen off a little. Now, it seems Blizzard is starting to ring the death knell for Heroes of the Storm.
As Blizzard revealed in an announcement on its website, many of Heroes of the Storm‘s biggest developers are being moved away from the game to work on other projects, and the entire 2019 esports lineup has been outright cancelled.
“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of,” Blizzard said. “We now have more live games and unannounced projects that at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects.
“As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to these projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.”
The post goes on to emphasize that this isn’t a final shutdown notice for Heroes of the Storm, stating that the game will continue to receive new heroes and events, “though the cadence will change.”
However, this is definitely the end of the Heroes of the Storm esports scene, with both the Heroes Global Championship and the more amateur Heroes of the Dorm series shutting down.
“The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect,” Blizzard explained.
This announcement comes as a heavy blow to fans of Heroes of the Storm competitive play and esports competitions. Recently, Blizzard has announced “big plans for the mobile space,” so it’s likely that the developers have been shifted to work on mobile versions of other Blizzard games. We can only hope that some love for Blizzard’s core audience of PC gamers will remain.