Heroes of the Storm is about to enter the early beta stage, commonly known as the alpha testing stage.
The game is playable and much of the core experience is ready, but the game “is still very much in the early stages of development,” Blizzard said in a blog post.
“This initial testing phase is intended to help us better examine how our infrastructure and tech will function across a much broader spectrum of machines and connection types. What’s more, inviting external Alpha testers will allow us to take a closer look at our hardware needs so that we can be absolutely sure we’re able to support the entire Heroes population as the community grows.”
The game is a work in progress, the company emphasized, and players should be ready for bugs.
Alpha players can only be based in the United States at the moment.
The only way to get in on the action is through an official email.
The best way to get one is to opt in to Heroes of the Storm profile using the Beta Profile page found within your Battle.Net account.
“As always, be extra mindful of shady characters who wish to steal your login credentials through phishing attempts, which are often disguised by falsified emails and websites. What’s more, Alpha keys are not necessary and are not being given out during this testing phase. Please be warned that any key generators or other offers for a Tech Alpha key are most certainly suspicious,” Blizzard said.
“The best way to ensure an invite is the real deal is to avoid clicking any links. Instead, log in to your Battle.net account and check the Summary section to see if a Heroes of the Storm license has been added to your account.”
A release date for the game isn’t confirmed yet.