Blizzard's newest MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, recently entered open beta. This means that any and everyone can log into the game and start playing. In addition to going open beta, the company recently announced that they have added global play, so people from outside of their region can make characters or profiles on various global servers.

Over on the website, Blizzard announced that global play has been put into effect and that it works to serve a multitude of purposes, including the ability to play with people located outside of your region who you may be friends with. So if you're from Texas and say you have a friend from France and the two of you want to play Heroes of the Storm together, you can do so. The only drawback is that server hopping means you won't have access to whatever character progression, cash shop purchases or items you earned, gained or paid for in the original server you play in.

So if you decide to start playing on the European servers while most of your main content is located on the American servers, the progress you made on the American servers won't transfer over to the European servers. You would have to start from scratch. However, payment data, prices and content will relatively stay the same so if you wanted to buy goods for your different accounts on different servers, you can do so. Although, that would be a real pain to keep track of.

Additionally, server hopping could be used depending on if one or more servers for Heroes of the Storm are down for maintenance. Instead of waiting for the servers to come back up, you can hop on over to a server that isn't down and proceed to start playing.

Of course, there is a bit of a caveat to the global play: it doesn't apply for China.

You won't be able to interact with gamers in China because they're operating on a different wavelength. This is usually case for most games operating out of China, whether it be League of Legends, World of Warcraft, TERA Online or a bunch of other games where the content has to be curated and approved for mainland China. The same applied for when the home consoles were launching in China, with the Xbox One and PS4 put through the ringer for various kinds of content that would not be allowed in mainland China. Well, the same applies to China's regulation on MMOs and all other forms of entertainment software.

As for Heroes of the Storm, the game is the latest in the line of Blizzard's attempts to branch out from the sinking ship that is World of Warcraft. The company already has a huge success in Hearthstone, the PvP-style card game, however they're looking to really sink their teeth into the MOBA genre and Heroes of the Storm is that game.

So far both Valve and Riot Games have been cleaning up with their major titles, Dota 2 and League of Legends. Other games have also found some success in the genre, such as Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE, which came under some fire from some religious communities for the depiction of gods in the game.

Even still, with the addition of global play in Heroes of the Storm it now allows gamers to play with friends or rivals the world around or server-hop when things go down in their region. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official website.
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