Heroes of the Storm director leaves game to work on another project within Blizzard

Twenty-year Blizzard veteran Alan Dabiri will direct Heroes going forward.


Heroes of the Storm game director Dustin Browder announced that he is leaving the project to work on another game already in development at Blizzard.

"We are encouraged to take the time we need to make them awesome, and then to keep improving them for years after they go live," Browder said of the culture at Blizzard in his open letter to fans. "We sometimes get exciting chances to work on other projects, too. I’m going to take one of those chances to try something new at Blizzard."

Alan Dabiri, a veteran designer at Blizzard, will take Browder's place.

"For those who haven’t seen him on BlizzCon panels or doing interviews, Alan has had a hand in nearly every aspect of Heroes since the beginning, both in his role as our technical director and as part of the team’s collaborative development process," Browder said of Dabiri contributions to Heroes of the Storm.

Fans of Heroes should already be familiar with Dabiri: he frequents the game's official Battle.net forums as well as other forums such as the Heroes sub-Reddit.

"While my day-to-day responsibilities might take me away from working on Heroes, I can guarantee I’ll always be watching Heroes esports, cheering on Alan and the dev team, and geeking out about the game," Browder concluded.

Among myriad other changes and additions, Heroes of the Storm recently introduced WarCraft character Varian as the latest character to join the fray.

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    December 8, 2016 12:42 PM

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      December 8, 2016 1:50 PM

      That's a pretty big deal. Dustin Browder has been the director of that team since Starcraft: Wings of Liberty. If he's moving to another team, I guess it means that Blizzard isn't doing another RTS or MOBA.

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        December 8, 2016 2:06 PM

        That's a pretty big leap to make. What if this new game he's working on is an RTS?

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          December 8, 2016 2:18 PM

          It doesn't make much sense if he's leaving team 1, which has been Blizzard's RTS team since Warcraft 3.

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            December 8, 2016 2:19 PM

            Actually, since Starcraft 1.

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            December 8, 2016 2:21 PM

            The alternative is that the HotS team abandons work on HotS? Most likely those old team definitions are being shaken up by the creation of more long term "service" games like HotS and Hearthstone.

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      December 8, 2016 2:02 PM

      Guessing this might be something completely new, or why wouldn't have said which project?

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      December 8, 2016 3:37 PM

      I hope it's something with a lot of micro-transactions.

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      December 8, 2016 5:20 PM

      We're they not working on a new fps engine/game? It could be that.

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      December 8, 2016 9:01 PM

      Dustin is the man, Heroes keeps getting better every month. Looking forward to playing w/e the hell he's working on now.

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