Heroes of Newerth

PC / Action RPG / Release: May 12, 2010 / ESRB: RP

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Heroes of Newerth getting Samuel L. Jackson announcer pack

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Heroes of Newerth getting Samuel L. Jackson announcer pack

With so many MOBAs on the market, how do you differentiate? If you can't be the biggest or have a legacy to build off of, you can at least be the one that has actor Samuel L. Jackson. Heroes of Newerth has snagged that distinction for itself.

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Heroes of Newerth hacked

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Heroes of Newerth hacked

A naughty hacker has busted into the database of S2's Heroes of Newerth, gaining access to account login information. If you've played the DotA 'em up and use a password shared with any other online account, you'll want to get to changing those passwords and, honestly, start using individual passwords for each account.

Read more: Servers down for now »

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Heroes of Newerth making all heroes free

Heroes of Newerth making all heroes free

The evolution of Heroes of Newerth's business model has taken another step. It launched as a regular paid game in May 2010, then in July 2011 switched to a free-to-play model where players could only use a small rotating selection of heroes, and had to pay for others. From today, everyone will be able to play every character, all the time.

Read more: Surely to compete with Dota 2 »

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Heroes of Newerth 'Mid Wars' mode incoming

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Heroes of Newerth 'Mid Wars' mode incoming

Evolution is a slow progress, as demonstrated by the MOBA genre--that's Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or 'DotA clone,' as it's known on the streets. Most early commercial forays into the genre simply recreated the map layout of the initial Warcraft III mod, but Heroes of Newerth is at least putting a twist on that old chestnut. Inspired by an informal mode played by Newerthlings, S2 Games has put together an official 'all-mid' map, stripping it down for a team-fight-o-rama.

Read more: Launching May 11 »

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Razer announces mouse for MOBAs, Naga Hex

Razer announces mouse for MOBAs, Naga Hex

If the string of developers making the same game with the exact same map weren't a big enough hint that the MOBA--Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or 'DotA clone' to you and me--is getting big, the genre's now getting its very own mouse. Peripheral maker Razer yesterday at CES announced the Naga Hex, packing six extra buttons designed for your Doting pleasure.

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Heroes of Newerth goes free-to-play

Heroes of Newerth goes free-to-play

Developer S2 Games is joining the growing free-to-play trend with its DotA-esque Heroes of Newerth. "With the transition to free-to-play we’re opening HoN up to new audiences as our players can now easily introduce the game to their friends," S2 Games CEO Marc DeForest said in a press release.

The developer promises "the game mechanics and style of play will remain intact," and detailed how the community will evolve based on today's decision.

READ MORE: What do you get for free? »

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Some Heroes of Newerth services return; dev apologizes and offers compensation

Some Heroes of Newerth services return; dev apologizes and offers compensation

In a lengthy post on the official Heroes of Newerth forum, Marc DeForest from developer S2 Games has both apologized for the game's recent issues and revealed a number of items offered to players as compensation. Yesterday, Shacknews reported that a "catastrophic hardware failure" caused the game to shut down service.

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Heroes of Newerth servers suffer 'catastrophic hardware failure'

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Heroes of Newerth servers suffer 'catastrophic hardware failure'

It would seem that catastrophe has hit the DotA-esque world of Heroes of Newerth. "During our scheduled maintenance period this morning we had a catastrophic hardware failure across a number of systems including some of our backup systems," a post on the game's official site has revealed.

On the Heroes of Newerth forum, an S2 Games employee revealed that the failure occurred during scheduled maintenance to upgrade the processors on the database boxes. "Both of our servers were simultaneously taken offline while the new hardware was being put in place. During this period of time, the file systems on BOTH [emphasis by the employee] boxes were destroyed." Read more »

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Heroes of Newerth on free play

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Heroes of Newerth on free play

DotA clone Heroes of Newerth reached the ripe old age of one yesterday and developer S2 Games is surround its child with new friends. A new update aimed at making the game more welcoming to new players launched last night, and all and sundry are now allowed to play HoN for the next very long "week" without paying the $30 asking price.

Until midnight EST on May 22, curious parties can take part in the HoNiversary and play Heroes of Newerth for free. Simply create an account and download the latest client from S2. HoN comes in Windows, Mac and Linux flavours. Read more »

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Daily Filter: February 1, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter is another doozy with media for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Anarchy Reigns, Dead Space 2, MotoGP 10/11, the Facebook game Dragon Age Legends, a Superbowl prediction video featuring Madden NFL 11, Defenders of Ardania, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD, APB: Reloaded, Realm of the Titans, Heroes of Newerth, Forsaken World, The UnderGarden on PS3, Pokemon Black, and Pokemon White. Read more »

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Heroes of Newerth Update 2.0 Launches With New Map, Casual Mode

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Developer S2 Games has launched the much-vaunted update 2.0 for Heroes of Newerth, its revamp of popular Warcraft III tactical action-RPG mod DotA. The new client can be found on FileShack in Windows, Mac and Linux flavours.

HoN 2.0 brings heaps of changes, including a new 3v3 map, friendly 'Casual Mode' and map editor. There's also now a microtransaction store for cosmetic items, including a voice pack which plays wonderfully into the stereotype of HoN players as terrible people without a shred of decency in their bodies. The long-overdue matchmaking, slated to launch with this update, is still undergoing testing and currently disabled. Read more »

"I think DOTA2 is more interesting than the other on line games. It is more fabulous to play ..."
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Daily Filter: November 19, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

It's the last Filter of the week! Today we've added new media for L.A. Noire, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Homefront, Heroes of Newerth, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Front Mission Evolved, Overgrowth, Test Drive Unlimited 2, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and The Next Big Thing. Read more »

"anyone else think that "Homefront" will totally suck in the story department? just too much ..."
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Dota Explained and How You Can Play it Now

Valve's announcement of Dota 2 is sure to give massive exposure to the RTS sub-genre that became popular with the Warcraft III custom map "Defense of the Ancients" (DotA). To that end, we here at Shacknews thought we'd explain what DotA is and how you can play it--or a game based upon it--while you wait for Valve's 2011 release.

Defense of the Ancients is actually based upon the "Aeon of Strife" custom map for the original StarCraft, but was brought to Warcraft III as DotA. Many different developers worked on the map, but IceFrog--now working on Dota 2 with Valve--has updated the game since 2005 with DotA-Allstars. Read more »

"The gameplay of DotA or a DatA-like Brian Leah, I guess you said it one time too often"
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Heroes of Newerth 'Free to Play' Until Monday

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S2 Games has announced that its Defense of the Ancients clone Heroes of Newerth will be free for everyone and anyone to play until 1pm EST on Monday August 9.

Inspired incredibly heavily by the popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients Allstars, HoN is an addictive multiplayer tactical RPG which sees two teams of players controlling a single unit amidst a large NPC-heavy battle to destroy the enemy's base. Read more »

"HoN is a higher quality game than LoL and doesn't suffer from the "Free to play" pitfalls. ..."
- DougL    See all 18 comments


Heroes of Newerth Welcomes Beta Players Back This Weekend

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All who played Heroes of Newerth during its vast beta period will be able to play again over the weekend, developer S2 games has announced, to see how the Defense of the Ancients-inspired tactical action RPG has progressed since launching in May.

The free weekend will begin on Friday--when S2 will release what it calls "one of our biggest patches to date"--at noon EST then end on Sunday at 11:59pm EST. Read more »

"I really liked this game. I just couldn't hang with everyone constantly being pissed off in ..."
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