Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is now live, and with it comes the reveal that Blizzard will add yet another Overwatch character to the HotS roster with D.Va. While no date was revealed, she will likely fly into the Nexus fights sometime in the near future.
The 2.0 launch, which is altering the game's free-to-play format, is definitely the largest update the game has seen since it launched two years ago. It switches to an in-game currency of gems, while adding tons of cosmetic items, like sprays and emojis. Loot chests have been added, with players receiving one every time they level up, with Blizzard also removing the cap on level and account progression, and scaling back the XP needed severely.
Genji joins the roster today, along with the new Hanamura map, based on the popular Overwatch setting. The Nexus Challenge has also returned, where over the next month players can get bonuses in both Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm when they play HotS with a friend:
- Week 1: 5 games with a friend gets you both the Oni Genji skin in Overwatch and the Orochi Hovercycle Mount in Heroes, plus sprays, banners and a portrait.
- Week 2: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you both the Police D.Va skin in Overwatch and the Police D.Va Hoverbike mount in Heroes.
- Week 3: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you both D.Va sprays and portraits in each game, plus the Overwatch coin mount in Heroes.
- Week 4: 5 Quick Match games with a friend gets you 10 loot boxes in each game (20).
As part of the launch, players that log into Heroes of the Storm will get 100 free gems, which is enough to get a new hero class bundle of 20 characters.
We usually try to post patch notes when an update goes live, but the 2.0 update is so massive it would be like running a 38,000-word Doom novella by David Craddock. So just read the launch notes on the official site for the extra details.