Heroes of the Storm, Alan Dabiri non guida più il team da mesi: lavorerà per un altro progetto!

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Attraverso un recente post pubblicato sul forum ufficiale di Heroes of the Storm, l’ormai ex Game Director del gioco Alan Dabiri ha annunciato di essere fuori dal team ormai da diversi mesi (è stato fattivamente sostituito da Kaéo Milker) perchè impegnato in un nuovo ed ambizioso progetto all’interno di Blizzard.
Non è ancora assolutamente chiaro su cosa Dabiri stia lavorando ma non è la prima volta che assistiamo ad uno spostamento di questo tipo interno a Blizz ed è molto probabile che già alla Blizzcon avremo qualche notizia in più su cosa dobbiamo attenderci dal futuro.

In ogni caso i giocatori di HOTS non hanno nulla da temere dato che questo annuncio arriva con un “lieve” ritardo rispetto a quando Dabiri ha effettivamente lasciato il team del moba Blizz: sotto la guida di Milker sono stati rilasciati diversi nuovi eroi come Yrel, Whitemane, Mephisto e Mal’Ganis, e sono stati proposti grandi eventi come Nexomania o le sfide sul campo di battaglia di Alterac Pass.
E’ infatti abbastanza indiscutibile che l’hype generato da questo annuncio sia più da ricondurre al progetto misterioso di Dabiri che non al resto.
Cosa potremmo attenderci durante la prossima Blizzcon cara community? La discussione è aperta!

In my 20-plus years at Blizzard, I’ve had the privilege of working on many awesome Blizzard games in roles ranging from software engineer to technical director to game director. Across my many roles and games, my experience working on Heroes of the Storm ranks among the best of my development career. I’ve witnessed Heroes’ evolution from a StarCraft II mod to the amazing game you see today. Heroes’ development has been fueled by the shared excitement of our team and all of you in the community, and the game we’ve built together is the game I play almost every night.

One of the best things about developing Heroes is the fact that this team is not afraid to try new things while always striving to learn and grow. It’s been part of our DNA from the very beginning, and it’s through years of experimentation that we’ve hit our stride both as a development team, and as a game. This is possible because Heroes has an exceptional development team of both Blizzard veterans and fresh faces who are all highly engaged with the game we’re making, and the players we’re making it for.

It’s in this spirit of trying new things that I want to let everyone know that a few months ago, I accepted an opportunity to transition off my role as Heroes’ game director to heed Blizzard’s call and begin a new adventure elsewhere within the company. The game director has always been one part of the overall leadership team that drives Heroes forward and it’s been a privilege to work among some of the best game developers at every level on the team all the way up to our production director, Kaéo Milker. Leaving a team and game that I love is incredibly difficult, but seeing the steady strength, creativity, and commitment that Kaéo and the design, engineering, and art leadership teams consistently bring to Heroes has given me more than enough confidence to make this decision. I trust that the game is in the very best hands and their work these past few months has only reinforced my belief.

They’ve released awesome new heroes like Yrel, Whitemane, Mephisto, and now Mal’Ganis, while building on the themed content drops that let the team do fun things that only Heroes can do. They brought the smackdown (plus my favorite mount, the Luchihuahua!) with Nexomania, finally brought an epic slice of Azeroth into the Nexus with the Alterac Pass Battleground, and joined the Raven Lord’s forces with the Fall of King’s Crest. On top of that, the team has also released awesome reworks like Raynor and Brightwing while adding exciting updates like third ban and Team League improvements. With so many awesome content and feature updates, you can see why I believe that the team has brought us the best year of Heroes of the Storm so far.

And they’re not done yet. Heroes has one of the most passionate and dedicated development teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and they have a ton of exciting new content in development. I can’t wait for you all to see what they have in store for the rest of this year and beyond. You can bet that I’ll be right there enjoying it with you as it’s released, too. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that Heroes is in a great place and I promise that it’s in the hands of the best possible people to continue driving it forward. Kaéo and the Heroes team are people who play almost every night who also happen to get to work on making the game what it is today. With our continued input and support, they’ll keep doing what they do best by making Heroes of the Storm the most awesome game it can possibly be.

I just want to sign off by saying thank you to all of you. I’ve had an incredible time working on this game and seeing you bring the battlegrounds to life every day. I’m so grateful for the enthusiasm you’ve brought to Heroes and all the changes you’ve encouraged us to make. I know the team deeply appreciates the feedback you share, so please keep it coming—and as always, I’ll see you in the Nexus!

-Alan


Heroes of the Storm, Alan Dabiri non guida più il team da mesi: lavorerà per un altro progetto!
Marco "Stak" Cresta

Sono un appassionato di videogiochi fin da quando ne abbia ricordo e credo nella bontà del progresso che scaturirà grazie agli eSports anche a livello sociale. L'altra mia grande passione è da sempre stata l'attualità e la storia, motivo per il quale ho concluso il mio percorso di studi con la laurea in Scienze Politiche nell'Università calabrese di Cosenza.

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