Blizzard Entertainment has started sending out invites to select Battle.net users for an early alpha version of its MOBA Heroes of the Storm.
This phase of testing has been dubbed a “technical alpha.” “While Heroes of the Storm is playable and much of the core experience is present, it’s still very much in the early stages of development,” the developer explained.
“Work is ongoing and we’re far from considering the game in a polished or finalized state, but after a period of extensive internal testing, we’re ready to crack open the Nexus for the very first time and invite some players to step inside.”
This phase of the alpha is limited to a very small pool of players and is only available to residents of the United States. “While we’re not quite sure when we’ll be ready to extend access to the rest of the world, we are going to invite a few international press sites and Blizzard community contributors so that players from all of our global communities can keep up with the latest Heroes developments.”
To be considered for the alpha all you have to do is ensure that you have opted in to Heroes of the Storm testing on your Battle.net beta profile page.
Blizzard also released a 17-minute gameplay video for Heroes of the Storm complete with commentary from Blizzard’s Dustin Browder, and Kevin Knocke. The footage takes place on the Dragon Shire map, which features several shrines that once captured turn you into a Dragon Knight.