"Heroes of the Storm" is Blizzard's latest trademark filing, but what could it be?
This is one of those news posts that's short on data and long on speculation. The data part of the party: On September 24, Blizzard filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for something called "Heroes of the Storm." The application covers "Computer game software, computer game discs, downloadable computer game software, computer game software downloadable from a global computer network, interactive multimedia computer game program; Downloadable electronic game software for use on portable electronic devices such as mobile and cellular phones, laptops, handheld computers, and tablet PCs."
Prior to the U.S. filing, as discovered by MMO Champion, a similar filing was made in New Zealand by one A.J. Park, who also had a hand in trademark filings for Mists of Pandaria, Reaper of Souls and Hearthstone.
Blizzard is remaining characteristically silent on the matter, so now comes the speculation side: What's it all about? Hearthstone? Blizzard All-Stars? Another World of Warcraft expansion? People in the know about such things - which, for the record, doesn't include me - seem to be leaning toward something related to Blizzard All-Stars. It's a bit early for Hearthstone, after all, and it's currently slated to be a digital-only release, while this filing refers explicitly to "game discs."
For what it's worth, "Heroes of the Storm" doesn't sound very Warcraft-like to me, and while there's a definite StarCraft ring to it, as far as I know all those slots have been filled, further strengthening the case for Blizzard All-Stars. The truth is that we can really only be sure of one thing at this point: Right now, you've got The Doors stuck in your head. Enjoy!