Blizzard rumoured to be modelling Heroes of the Storm's free-to-play on LoL | PCGamesN

Dragon Age: Inquisition had "by far" the most successful launch in BioWare history

H1Z1 Early Access Review

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard rumoured to be modelling Heroes of the Storm's free-to-play on LoL

Beta signups for Heroes of the Storm opened in November.

Go to the cupboard, grab the salt, and empty a semicircle of the white stuff onto the desk in front of you. Now let your hands rest gently atop the grains, and pinch down, hard. Taiwanese whispers suggest that Blizzard’s planned payment model for their new MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, will be more League of Legends than Dota 2.

Taiwanese site GNN covered a press event with Diablo 3 director Josh Mosqueira in Korea last week. Imminent Diablo expansion Reaper of Souls was the talk of the day, naturally enough - but the site also reportedly learned the basics of Heroes of the Storm’s free-to-play system.

The translated article states that Blizzard are developing a LoL-style payment model for their MOBA - featuring free heroes rotated each week, with purchases made for permanent access to individual heroes.

It’s not the only way to run a successful MOBA. Valve make their money in Dota 2 via an in-game store, which sells equipment, tools, couriers, announcers and tournament items - and allow players access to all of their heroes for free.

Now: here come the caveats. Automatic internet translations aren’t famed for their nuance - and as fansite BlizzPro point out, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Blizzard to apply a different payment model in East Asia to the West.

But they’ll need to work out something. This and Hearthstone are Blizzard’s first fully free-to-play games. Though the first 20 levels of World of Warcraft and the first five missions of StarCraft 2’s single player campaign have long been free to try, they ultimately lead to strict, steep payment gates. Blizzard will have to design something leaner - something flexible enough to let players pay exactly how much they want and no more - for Heroes of the Storm.

GNN also write that players who’ve pre-purchased Reaper of Souls will get free access to a Demon Hunter hero once Heroes of the Storm is launched. Will that be you?

Login or Register
2
+2
-0
Dog Pants's picture
1117

That kind of business model does make more sense than Dota's here. Selling purely on cosmetics is great from a customer point of view, but by being completely avoidable it's reliant on sheer numbers to make money. LoL's less generous model is more likely to turn a profit for a new game with a smaller playerbase, although given other concerns about lack of complexity it might also prove to be another reason for players to not stick around.

I wasn't very familiar with the subtleties of MOBAs when I played LoL so it didn't occur to me at the time, but with a limited character pool how do people assemble a balanced team? Are there always enough options to have a choice of roles?

1
+1
-0
MrJoose's picture
10

LoL's system is *less* generous, but its still plenty. I played for a good long time without spending a penny.

Its been a while since I played, but if I remember right the free character selection always provided everything you needed for a balanced team. It was never "here is your selection of 10 tanks. Enjoy your inevitable failure".

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.


Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Form an orderly queue

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Form an orderly queue

Heroes of the Storm Founder's Pack goes on sale, gives you three permanent hero unlocks and instant beta access

Heroes of the Storm Founder's Pack goes on sale, gives you three permanent hero unlocks and instant beta access

Heroes of the Storm upgrades to closed beta

Heroes of the Storm upgrades to closed beta

Heroes of the Storm stimpacks let you buy experience boosts

Heroes of the Storm stimpacks let you buy experience boosts

Heroes of the Storm draft doesn’t have a ban phase. Blizzard say it “holds us to a higher level”

Heroes of the Storm draft doesn’t have a ban phase. Blizzard say it “holds us to a higher level”

Blizzard announce Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard announce Heroes of the Storm "closed beta" begins January 13th; new heroes, battlegrounds and ranked play

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Release the Gracken: IdrA returns to Evil Geniuses for Heroes of the Storm

Release the Gracken: IdrA returns to Evil Geniuses for Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm celebrates Halloween with the time-honoured tradition of getting new skins

Heroes of the Storm celebrates Halloween with the time-honoured tradition of getting new skins

Blizzard will feed Heroes of the Storm thousands of new players over the next month

Blizzard will feed Heroes of the Storm thousands of new players over the next month

Cloud9 announce their new Heroes of the Storm team; will debut at BlizzCon

Cloud9 announce their new Heroes of the Storm team; will debut at BlizzCon

Heroes of the Storm rolls on: Chinese players to test ranked play, draft mode and more

Heroes of the Storm rolls on: Chinese players to test ranked play, draft mode and more

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Heroes of the Storm

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

The return of Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha will introduce custom games, observer mode and replays

The return of Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha will introduce custom games, observer mode and replays

Watch WoW boss Anub'arak make holes in a Heroes of the Storm map

Watch WoW boss Anub'arak make holes in a Heroes of the Storm map

Heroes of the Storm enters final phase of technical alpha on Monday

Heroes of the Storm enters final phase of technical alpha on Monday

The Heroes of the Storm alpha client is getting a 64-bit upgrade

The Heroes of the Storm alpha client is getting a 64-bit upgrade

Blizzard's kicked artifacts to the curb in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard's kicked artifacts to the curb in Heroes of the Storm

Competition time: win a snazzy Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headset

Heroes of the Storm

Competition time: win a snazzy Turtle Beach Heroes of the Storm headset

Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

Heroes of the Storm progression overhaul incoming; introduces hero levels and artifacts

Heroes of the Storm progression overhaul incoming; introduces hero levels and artifacts

Heroes of the Storm's new Garden of Terror map has a day/night cycle and

Heroes of the Storm's new Garden of Terror map has a day/night cycle and "plant zombies"

Watch Blizzard walk you through Heroes of the Storm's talent system

Watch Blizzard walk you through Heroes of the Storm's talent system

Rejoice: Heroes of the Storm technical alpha expands outside of North America

Rejoice: Heroes of the Storm technical alpha expands outside of North America