Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has revamped the ‘Heroes of the Storm’ title especially the rankings meaning players now have a new way of measuring their skills.
The company announced the plans to do away with the old format of ranking during a media event held in Newport Beach, California. The new ranking method will be launched on June 14 in North America, and the rollout will continue in other regions throughout that week. The developer firm will add divisions and league tiers as replacements.
The league tiers will be categorized into Gold, Diamond, Platinum, Bronze, Silver, Master and Grand Master. The divisions will represent the progress of an individual player within the tiers, and 5 will be the lowest division rank while 1 will be the highest division score.
Activision Blizzard believes that the new ranking will present a more accurate skill level compared to the old ranking method. It will also encourage competition among players as they aim for higher ranking. It will also enhance activity in the Heroes of the Storm community. Activity is the lifeline of such a free-to-play game, and this will encourage gamers on their investment in the game.
The top two levels, (Master and Grand Master) are very challenging, but they offer a unique experience to the lucky few who manage to reach those levels. They are also directly affiliated with the launch of the title’s first season of competitive gaming which will start on June 14. The seasons will span for duration of 6 to 12 weeks. The company is still yet to decide the actual timeline, but it is seeking feedback from the community. Players will receive awards at the end of the season based on the cumulative points earned.
The changes will also include the addition of two Warcraft heroes. The two characters are Medivh and Chromie. The latter takes the form of an adorable gnome, but she is actually a dragon. She will be available for gameplay on May 17 along with Medivh, who is also from Warcraft.