Blizzard's upcoming MOBA Heroes of the Storm is officially coming to South East Asia. Asiasoft in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc will be in charge of operating and marketing the game in Thailand and Singapore while Asiasoft's subsidiaries, CiB Net Station, will handle the game in Malaysia. For the Philippines, well, we have Level Up! in charge of the game's operations...great.
So what does that mean? Nothing is clear at this point, we have yet to hear the details on what makes it different from officially launching the game in respected countries rather than simply logging in through Battle.net through their Asian servers once the game goes live. But official releases in South East Asia for highly anticipated games are always welcomed.
As of this posting, distribution of Heroes of the Storm is still download-only. We'll have to wait to see what are the launch plans for each country.
"Heroes of the Storm will bring together many of the most popular heroes and villains from more than 20 years of Blizzard games," said Paul Sams, COO of Blizzard Entertainment. "Our focus on team combat and map-based objectives make the game accessible to new players, while offering depth for competitive gamers as well. We believe gamers in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines will love playing Heroes of the Storm."
With the sudden rise of the MOBA(Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre, it's only fitting to have Blizzard finally entering the fray. It's currently crowded thanks to games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Smite, but from what we see in the early stages of the game's beta, their sole aim is to retain the team-play aspect while providing something completely new.
Heroes of the Storm is currently on Alpha testing and no release date has been given. For the mean time, watch Raynor battle Diablo, while Kerrigan dog fights Tyrael in the air in this trailer. God those cinematics...