Production Director Kaéo Milker hinted at AMA announcements earlier this month and the first one focusing on Ranked Play, Balance, and Matchmaking is scheduled for next week. The team is also working on a hotfix to address the bugged Heroes AI, but they appear to have run into some technical difficulties.
Upcoming AMA Schedule
Threads will be posted one day in advance on the official forums to gather questions ahead of the AMAs.
Ranked Play & Balance &Matchmaking AMA
March 6th // 10:00 AM PST
Art & Design AMA
April 4th // 10:00 AM PST
Hero Design AMA
May 9th // 10:00 AM PST
In our previous post, we mentioned a series of upcoming Reddit AMAs with the first one starting in February. Since we would like our first Reddit AMA to be focused on Balance and Matchmaking and our Lead Balance Designer is currently on vacation, we’d like to push this AMA to next week. Here’s a look at our upcoming Reddit AMAs:
Wednesday March 6th 10:00 am – 12 noon PST – Ranked Play, Balance, and Matchmaking AMA
Thursday April 4th 10:00 am – 12 noon PST – Art and Design AMA
Thursday May 9th 10:00 am – 12 noon PST – Hero Design AMA
We will be posting the threads a day in advance to gather questions ahead of the AMA, so keep an eye out and have your questions ready!
Additionally, we have seen the concerns about the impact some recent changes have had on the state of the Heroes AI. Our goal was to make some improvements, but as with many things in game development, things don’t necessarily go as planned. We apologize for the trouble and are working on hotfixes to repair the AI while keeping as many of our original improvements as possible. We are going to continue iterating on ways to improve AI, but we’ll provide updates when we have more information to share.
As always, keep your feedback coming and we look forward to discussing Balance and Matchmaking with you in our AMA next week!
The Heroes of the Storm Team