Blizzard’s Heroes Of The Storm Goes Into ‘Technical Alpha’

by Mike Futter on Mar 03, 2014 at 08:21 AM

Heroes of the Storm will be opening to the public at home for the first time soon. Blizzard has announced testing of support systems for its MOBA it has dubbed a “technical alpha.”

A limited number of external testers will be allowed to assist in the process. The purpose is to test infrastructure so Blizzard can see how the game performs across different machine types. There will be bugs, features are yet to be implemented, and some sounds and graphics are very much in a placeholder state. 

This first testing phase will be limited to players in the United States, with broader distribution happening at an as yet unknown time down the road, with the exception of some international press outlets and dedicated community members.

If you’d like to be considered, you’ll need to confirm that the beta settings for Heroes of the Storm are enabled for your account. If you are selected, you will be allowed to share your impressions, streams, and screenshots. There is no non-disclosure agreement.

For more on Heroes of the Storm, check out our coverage from Blizzcon. You can check out a full frequently asked questions document on Blizzard’s site here.

[Source: Blizzard]


Our Take
When Heroes of the Storm was renamed and reintroduced at Blizzcon, I was impressed by some of the features. The different maps with a variety of sub-objective types have the potential to switch up the way players approach the MOBA genre. Expect to start seeing streams soon.