Heroes of the Storm’s Echoes of Alterac event will see a fan favourite World of Warcraft character step into the fray - Yrel the Draenei paladin. She arrives alongside a new map, Alterac Pass, which is based on one of the most infamous battlegrounds in the world of Azeroth.
“Looking across the last three years of the game we’ve got events based on Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch - huge Blizzard worlds coming into the Nexus,” production director Kaeo Milker begins. “But there is one giant world which is conspicuously absent and we would like to finally fix that.”
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While Warcraft is already represented in the Heroes of the Storm universe with characters and maps, Echoes of Alterac will mark the first time a wealth of Warcraft content has come to the MOBA in the form of a timed event. Alongside the new hero and map comes a plethora of unique quests that will yield skins, portraits, mounts, and more tantalizing bonuses.
But it’s not just a case of plucking out parts of Warcraft and dropping them into Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard was quick to point out that the most important consideration when putting together this expansion was that it felt authentic to the Warcraft experience, and in ways that will surprise and delight players.
“We wanted to embrace the fantasy that you’re playing on a Warcraft battleground in the Warcraft universe,” Matt Cooper, lead content designer for Heroes of the Storm, says. “We also wanted to do something that was very distinctly new and different.”