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Blizzard Removes Tychus Findlay’s Iconic Cigar From ‘Heroes Of The Storm’

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Heroes of the Storm character Tychus J. Findlay, who originates from Blizzard’s StarCraft series, has been modified to meet T rating requirements in all regions, resulting in the subsequent loss of his iconic cigar.

As of May 19, Blizzard fans are now able to download the Heroes of the Storm beta without the need for opt-ins, keys or codes, but the game maker is still imploring users to “keep in mind that Open Beta is still not final release” and that they will be “closely monitoring the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone.” They’re also warning that players might encounter long queues due to the fact that a lot of players are funneled the Nexus Portal at one time, which creates a bottleneck in which users are subsequently queued.

Kindly keep in mind that Open Beta is still not final release, and we will be closely monitoring the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Should one-too-many brawlers try to cram through the Nexus Portal at once, you may encounter a queue when attempting to log in to the client. Not to worry, however, as the wait should be brief, and you’ll be back to crushing opponents in no time.

Tychus appears in the Heroes of the Storm trailer similar to how he was presented in StarCraft 2.

But with only one slight difference – his cigar has been removed.

As reported by Kotaku, some players have speculated that the cigar’s removal is an attempt by the game maker to achieve the T for Teen rating, which allows the game to be played across all regions. The rumors were later confirmed by the Blizzard Development team in a comment left on the popular website known as Reddit.

Heroes of the Storm is a multi-region game with a teen rating. There are a magnitude of guidelines we have to be aware of. From a development standpoint we prioritize making Heroes and Skins as utilitarian as possible, if a single model can be used in all regions, that’s a huge win for development.

Heroes of the Storm is to have more than 30 different characters from various Blizzard franchises such as StarCraft, WarCraft – games which inspired the most popular Blizzard Game World of Warcraft – and Diablo.

The game recently saw an increase in popularity as it held a gaming tournament called “Heroes of the Dorm.” The tournament gave players the opportunity to win $450K towards college tuition fees.

Heroes of the Storm, which is free to play, is scheduled to come out of beta on June 2, 2015.

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