Heroes of Newerth Open Beta Begins

S2 Games' Defense of the Ancients-inspired RTS-RPG Heroes of Newerth has entered open beta, as promised and you can get the Windows, Mac and Linux clients from your friendly neighbourhood FileShack before registering.

Like its inspiration--the Warcraft III mod DotA, whose current developer is now at Valve--Heroes of Newerth revolves around two teams of heroes trying to kill each other off amidst an endless battle between NPC armies to ultimately destroy the other's base.


Being in its own tailor-made engine allows HoN to offer several advantages over DotA, including voice communication, matchmaking, rankings and reconnection support.

A release date has yet to be announced but Heroes of Newerth can be pre-ordered now from S2 Games for $30.