Heroes of the Storm (opens in new tab) and StarCraft 2 (opens in new tab) game director Dustin Browder (opens in new tab) has been on a Twitter (opens in new tab) tear recently, answering a slew of HotS questions. Most were in response to fan suggestions or specific balance questions, but there was also the occasional glimpse at new features that might be on the way. One topic of note concerned the lack of a "spectate friends" option like the one Hearthstone introduced. When asked if we’d see the feature anytime soon, Browder replied:
Want that so bad too. It is not coming soon I'm afraid. https://t.co/eh0RcPWBrh December 11, 2015
It’s disappointing to hear that watching your friends ineffectively pilot Cho’gall (opens in new tab) is a ways off, but encouraging that Blizzard sees it as part of the eventual road map of features. Browder also gave glimpses at a few other things they are working on, including a “final fix” to backdooring strategies (opens in new tab), more stats (opens in new tab) in the match history screen, and the potential of bringing back three and four man queues (opens in new tab) in Hero League if their new matchmaker (opens in new tab) works out well. He also said they are trying to get Lunara, one of the three heroes announced at BlizzCon 2015 (opens in new tab), released before the end of the year.
We are trying to get her out this year. https://t.co/Zay6T9riscDecember 11, 2015
Browder finding the time to hold forth on Twitter today was apparently a result of his lack of meetings (opens in new tab), and certainly a great example of a high profile developer being very candid with his game's community. Browder even addressed the fact that he was not this responsive during his time on Starcraft 2, and has “gotten better at this” (opens in new tab) since. Asked what characters he’d personally like to see come to HotS, he said:
Snake Sanders. Alarak. https://t.co/4BbBVJkQ6TDecember 11, 2015
You can check out his Twitter feed (opens in new tab) for all of the replies, but just one caveat as you read do: Browder reminded everyone that some of his responses should be taken with a grain of salt...
No, team sometimes tells me when I make mistakes. Like last week when I said "no patch today" on patch day. LOL?! =P https://t.co/blqRGhkjrjDecember 11, 2015