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Gaming: ELeague & Psyonix miniseries coming to TBS, Blizzard pulls back on Heroes of the Storm development

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Dec 14, 2018

SYFY WIRE has entered the game... the video game news roundup, that is!

For today's collection of gaming stories, we bring you updates on a partnership between ELeague and Psyonix; the downsizing of a game at Blizzard Entertainment; and two Nintendo products that will soon become rarities in the U.S. 

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First up is that collaboration between professional video game sports league, ELeague, and game developer, Psyonix, which produced a three-part series on TBS about Rocket League. The series, announced yesterday, begins today at 11 p.m. ET/PT and "will showcase the best moments and most exciting plays from its recent professional tournament for Rocket League — the high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem."

Content will include behind-the-scenes interviews with players and "highlights from the semifinal and Grand Final rounds of the recent ELeague Cup: Rocket League 2018, in which eight top-ranked teams competed for a $150,000 purse"

Check out the tease below:

The second episode of the series drops next Friday, Dec. 21, while the third and final installment arrives Friday, Dec. 28. 


 

Next up, we head over to Blizzard Entertainment, where Heroes of the Dawn is taking a major step backward, as personnel are shifted to other projects, the developer announced Thursday. As a result, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm won't occur in 2019. 

"We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects," wrote the company in a blog post. "This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past."

Launched in the summer of 2015, Heroes of the Storm is an online multiplayer title that features characters from Blizzard's most iconic games like World of WarcraftStarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch. Despite the fact that the game won't be receiving as much attention as it once did, the developer still holds it in high regard. 

"Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters," the blog post continues. "We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up the game for long-term sustainability. We’re so grateful for the support the community has shown from the beginning, and the development team will continue to support Heroes with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that has made the game such a unique experience."


 

Last up is the news that Nintendo is ceasing production on its NES and SNES Classic consoles in America. Nintendo President of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, revealed that supplies are now limited during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

"We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program," he said. "We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it. The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online."

This isn't meant to be a slap in the face to those who are into the retro scene, but an active expression of Nintendo's company policy to move the gaming industry forward.

"It is absolutely a conscious decision to innovate and to do things differently, to do things that are unexpected, to do things that consumers didn’t know they wanted but once we deliver that innovation, it becomes, if you will, the new way of doing things, the new normal," added Fils-Aime.


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