Director Dustin Browder Leaves Heroes of the Storm – What’s Next?
It is always bittersweet when one moves on from a project. Sure, it’s exciting to see what will come next with a new person on the team, or a current person stepping up to fill the role of the one who jumps ship. Okay, so maybe Dustin Browder, director of Heroes of the Storm, hasn’t jumped ship entirely. He’s just moving on to a new project within Blizzard. He has, however, relinquished his duties as director for the popular MOBA, and has passed them along to Alan Dabiri, “a 20-year Blizzard veteran and a fellow Heroes of the Storm fanatic.” Always good to know when a game is handed off not only to someone capable, but also someone who is a huge fan. Browder broke the news via Twitter yesterday, December 8.
This one was too long for a tweet.https://t.co/2bdCmcbWKz
— Dustin Browder (@DustinBrowder) December 8, 2016
In the tweet, there is a link to the Battle.net forum where Dustin Browder provides his thoughts on the matter. He has nothing but love for Blizzard, its leaders, his coworkers, and the community that surrounds him each day. Again, he’s not leaving Blizzard. Browder is just leaving Heroes of the Storm. He even makes mention of how the Heroes content released over the past few months hasn’t had his daily involvement, but he his “thoroughly blown away.”
“I would like to say a special “Thank You” to everyone in the Heroes community who continues to support us and challenge us to make Heroes better, including everyone who has shared feedback with us on our forums, Reddit, esports sites, and strategy sites, and anyone who has ever sent me a Tweet. You’re the best, and your dedication and passion has made being part of the Heroes community and working on this game a blast.”
Dustin Browder’s care and love for the game, the community, and everything that comes along with it truly shines through in his letter. It is expressed that the choice was not an easy one, but what has made it easier is knowing that the future of the game was in the hands of Alan Dabiri, someone who Browder trusts. Dustin sings Dabiri’s praises throughout the letter and most certainly abolishes any doubt about the future of the game. It looks like Alan is going to have quite the first year as game director because “2017 is going to be a huge year for Heroes of the Storm, with new Heroes, Battlegrounds, a massive progression update, improvements to our ladder and matchmaking systems, new social systems, new Brawls, and more.”
It will be sad to see Dustin Browder exit as game director, but we should be confident that Alan Dabiri will be an exceptional replacement. Browder, of course, didn’t end his letter without a touching thank you. “I would like to say a special “Thank You” to everyone in the Heroes community who continues to support us and challenge us to make Heroes better, including everyone who has shared feedback with us on our forums, Reddit, esports sites, and strategy sites, and anyone who has ever sent me a Tweet. You’re the best, and your dedication and passion has made being part of the Heroes community and working on this game a blast.” We wish you the best of luck, sir, and we can’t wait to find out what you have in store for us! As for Alan, we wish you the best of luck, as well, and we know you are going to crush it as director!
What say you, gamers? Any Heroes of the Storm players out there? Excited for the change or kind of bummed? Let us know in the comments down below! Or, and hear me out, you could check this awesomeness out. If you click on that, you may or may not find yourself in another time and space. Okay, you won’t. You will, however, find yourself face to face with the full length trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and who doesn’t want that? Exactly. As always, keep it parked right here at Don’t Feed the Gamers for the greatest of great gaming news!
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