If you have a Heroes of the Storm beta key right now, its a question that you will probably get asked. Is the Heroes Founder Pack worth buying?
To recap, Heroes of the Storm is a free to play game. You can play it without spending a penny. It is currently in beta and not all content is available. You will be paying to access an unfinished, free product. In contrast, even unfinished, Heroes is an awesome game. Its actually pretty far along. And this is the only way you can be guaranteed a beta key?
Still undecided? Read on!
Paying for a free game?
You can play without spending anything. But as they say, developers need to eat too. Or, a little more accurately in this case, if no one ever spends anything, Blizzard will stop making the game. So if you love Heroes, you may want to splash a little cash on it occasionally. This is one opportunity to do that. Theres no such thing as a free AAA game.
Only mostly finished
Heroes is in beta, that is true. However, its not exactly coming apart at the seems. It was built using established tools (those used for Starcraft II) and underwent a fairly thorough Alpha phase. Almost all game modes are available (not team ranked play). Tweaks to heroes are just tweaks. Theres a good pool of Heroes to play and a fairly good set of maps.
The other thing you should know is that there are no more planned wipes for this game. You might read people saying otherwise, or think that games always wipe at the end of beta. But you'd be wrong. The source for this is Blizzard themselves and this would not be the first time they launched a game without a wipe.
In fact, a wipe would not be a good idea. When new players join, there will be a range of players. Some will be ready for ranked play very quickly. Its not great to have them sitting around waiting for everyone else to catch up - they complain, they leave, they generally cause bad feeling. If there can be a pool of players ready to greet them? Who already meet the requirements for ranked play (level 30 and 10 heroes owned). Great! The ranked season will reset (as it will do frequently throughout the game) so there is no advantage other than a bit of experience (which isn't something you can wipe).
What do I get for my money?
For £29.99/$39.99 you get:
- Three heroes: Raynor, Diablo, Tyrande
- Three skins: Commander Raynor, Lurkablo Diablo and Blood Elf Tyrande
- Epic Mount: Gold Cyber Wolf
- A stash of gold: 2,500 in game golds
- Immediate beta access
Now lets add context. For that same price you can buy items 1, 2 and 3 in game as a bundle. This means that you are getting 2,500 gold as a bonus and access to a game you might be excited about. Whether you would choose to buy those heroes is another matter. Personally, I dislike Diablo. I do, however, quite like Tyrande and her Blood Elf skin is nice. Raynor is also fine to play. The mount is pretty and the 2,500 gold will buy you one of the cheaper heroes, or give you a good jump start towards a more expensive one.
Its also worth noting that as far as Founders Packs go, this is pretty cheap! The Founders Packs for EverQuest Next Landmark, for example, go up to $100, and there have been higher prices in recent years. Rather than add lots of 'exclusives' to their packs, they are just saying 'buy something from the store and you get access now'.
But the best thing about this approach is that all those people constantly spamming for beta keys on every channel have no excuse. If they want a beta key that badly, they should just stump up the cash (or save up if they have to). Though sometimes the desire for a beta key produced good things like this:
Blizzard have said the beta slots are limited. What this likely means is that, rather than a cap, there is a speed at which they will take in players. If the servers start to struggle, they will stop selling access until it can be fixed.
Still not sure?
Watch some videos/streams. Try other MOBAs to see if you like the genre. Ask your friends what they think. Or ... just wait until you can try it for free.
Bonus point: Seen the picture of a box in the first image? As far as we know, there will never be a box. The idea of a boxed game is still so ingrained in us that Blizzard drew a fake box.