The lights are on
S2 Games is taking its DotA-alike in the direction they all seem to be going these days: free-to-play, with a strong base game available to anyone and additional heroes for purchase.To its credit, S2 is doing right by the players who have previously paid for the game. All existing Heroes of Newerth accounts are now Legacy accounts, which have permanent access to all current heroes and will get free access to all upcoming heroes a short period after their release. Kudos to the company for hooking up the players who got them where they are.New players can sign up for a Basic account, which has access to a rotating pool of 15 heroes at any time. Should you stick with the game, either by purchasing currency or simply through playtime, your account will become Verified. At that point, you get to swim with the sharks in Verified-only games with other Verified and Legacy players.The distinction is important, as a single newbie on a team can sink the entire match in Heroes of Newerth. Veteran players won't have their experience compromised by a huge influx of inexperienced players as long as they stick to Verified-only games.This isn't a last-ditch effort to save a dying game either. Heroes of Newerth may be a near-carbon copy of Defense of the Ancients, but it's doing quite well indeed. S2 released a set of stats to show off its success:
Will this get you to check out the game, or are you sticking with League of Legends?
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Wow i didnt even know it was paid. Too busy playing LoL.
Heroes of what? Never heard of it.
I had no idea this game was so succesful as a P2P. Going to be interesting to see the numbers as they transition into F2P.
I once saw my friend playing this briefly, but I mostly played LoL and even then that was for a short period of time. Although it was fun while it lasted for me, I could never seem to get back into it.
Goodbye s2, going to Dota 2
I'll probably stick with LoL. I have more vested there.
Does the community suck in HON?
i heard hello kitty island adventure is better.
i would like to prefer and i would like to make blizzard a World of Warcraft IV thats gonna be interesting.
or Dota 2. but I am not playing Dota. here in the Philippines Dota is the number 1 online games. but console gaming is not very popular here. but for me I love console gaming. <333
I've been playing HoN since beta, played LoL too. Coming from dota in wc3 to either one was a no brainer for me. Stuck with HoN cus it wasn't dumbed-down for noobs. Not sure if this going F2P will have any affect.
So, at the rate we're going, everything MMO except for maybe 3 will be Free to Play by sometime Christmas 2012.
Yep Im definitley gonna try it out now. Been playing LoL since December and been wanting to see what HoN is like for awhile.
These 2 should hold me over until DOTA 2.