Blizzard could add dormant franchise characters to Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm will begin with 18 characters from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, but with Blizzard's history dating back over 20 years, the studio is hinting that characters from long-dormant franchises could enter the fray, as well.

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Heroes of the Storm will release with 18 characters, running the gamut from Blizzard's ongoing properties, like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. Of course, that won't be the final number, as Blizzard is aiming to release more characters throughout the game's development. However, the studio also acknowledges that it has more than 20 years of history to pull from and hints at the possibility of characters from long-dormant franchises joining the fray, as well.

"It's all about Blizzard properties, right?" Blizzard art director Sam 'Samwise' Didier mused to Shacknews. "We've had properties all the way back to 1991, like Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, Rock n' Roll Racing. I've done concepts of Lost Vikings! Nothing to say that they're in there right now or designed yet, but that is one of my goals. I'd love to do that."

While many of Blizzard's classic characters will receive starring roles in Heroes of the Storm, Didier also hopes that the game will become a showcase for some of the games' more unsung characters, like Hogger from World of Warcraft. He also details one of the more obscure characters to join the roster: Elite Tauren Chieftan, a reference to the joke band that plays at every Blizzcon.

"He's a big Tauren warrior with giant guitars on his back, like the totems they have in Warcraft," Didier added. "And all of his abilities are power silde, stage dive, and mosh pit, like they're all music-related. He has a heroic ability called mosh pit and all the people around him start dancing and banging their heads. His other one is stage dive, where from anywhere on the map, he can jump and land with an area of effect."

Here are the 18 characters currently available for Heroes of the Storm (via The Daily Dot):

  • Falstad (Warcraft)

  • Illidan (Warcraft)

  • Malfurion (Warcraft)

  • Gazlowe (Warcraft)

  • Stitches (Warcraft)

  • Arthas (Warcraft)

  • Uther (Warcraft)

  • Diablo (Diablo)

  • Tyrael (Diablo)

  • Sonya (Diablo)

  • Valla (Diablo)

  • Naziba (Diablo)

  • Kerrigan (StarCraft)

  • Nova (StarCraft)

  • Raynor (StarCraft)

  • Tassadar (StarCraft)

  • Abathur (StarCraft)

  • Elite Tauren Chieftan

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    November 11, 2013 2:45 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Blizzard could add dormant franchise characters to Heroes of the Storm.

    Heroes of the Storm will begin with 18 characters from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, but with Blizzard's history dating back over 20 years, the studio is hinting that characters from long-dormant franchises could enter the fray, as well.

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      November 11, 2013 2:59 PM

      During the Q&A panel, someone asked if they would have mounts or characters from games like Lost Vikings or Rock & Roll Racing, and they flat-out said "Yes."

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      November 11, 2013 3:00 PM

      Hello Lost Vikings!

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        November 11, 2013 3:19 PM

        It'd be awesome to have a character that's all three vikings running around together and each power was one of the vikings' abilities, with the ultimate being some sort of team-up combo.

        Erik: Charge with knockback
        Baleog: Targeted bow attack
        Olaf: Passive chance to deflect enemy attacks
        Ultimate: Olaf hang glides everyone to a spot on the screen, Erik drops down and does a smash, and Baleog hits everyone nearby with a sword?

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          November 11, 2013 5:23 PM

          Odds are it would be a brewmaster rip off.

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          November 11, 2013 7:07 PM

          Or three characters in one, each with a different set of 3 abilities for a total of 12 abilities. Ult switches between each character.

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      November 11, 2013 4:08 PM

      Blackthorne!

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      November 11, 2013 4:42 PM

      Rip! Looks lost out there....

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      November 11, 2013 4:47 PM

      It seems incoherent to combine all these universes.

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      November 11, 2013 4:48 PM

      oh my god. rock n roll racing lol

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      November 11, 2013 5:49 PM

      hahah, I tweeted a while ago about Blizzard having an "Olaf" viking in their MOBA too.

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      November 11, 2013 6:59 PM

      I just want the Peter Gunn Theme to become sentient and form a body, and every time you play a match with it, the song plays.

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        November 11, 2013 7:31 PM

        Highway Star is what you meant

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          November 11, 2013 11:31 PM

          Absolutely not, and I'll thank you for not correcting me in the future. Hank Mancini or bust, mother effer.

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          November 13, 2013 4:19 PM

          Deep purple sucks, for the record.

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      November 11, 2013 7:15 PM

      Is there a breakdown of who all those characters are? I don't recognize all of them just by name

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