S2 Games announces they are about to make their free-to-play MOBA that much more free, as Heroes of Newerth
will give all players free access to all 107 of the game's previously released heroes as of tomorrow's version 2.6.11 patch
. As it stands, players are offered a pool of 16 free players that rotate on a weekly basis, with other heroes available for purchase, and going forward after the new patch goes live, they will still be offering paid premium early access to for the first four weeks after a new hero is released. Here's the announcement:
Starting tomorrow, every player will have immediate access to the entire released hero pool for the award-winning Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) title Heroes of Newerth (HoN), developed and published by S2 Games. Making Heroes of Newerth a truly free-to-own game, the All Heroes Free game model will level the HoN playing field by allowing any user to own all of the heroes and play any game mode at zero cost.
“We are very excited to announce All Heroes Free, which gives every player access to our ever-growing hero pool,” said S2 Games co-founder and CEO Marc DeForest. “After months of internal discussions and monitoring community feedback, it’s clear that All Heroes Free is the perfect next step for HoN.”
Prior to this new game model, players could take advantage of a weekly rotating free pool of 16 heroes with the option to purchase individual heroes with in-game or real world currency. Heroes of Newerth’s new All Heroes Free model will launch on Friday, July 20th, giving players immediate access to all 107 released heroes. Early Access heroes will still be available for purchase under a four-week trial period, but with free access to the entire hero pool, players will be able to enjoy the game in its entirety without limitation. HoN is a game of options and variety, where no two games are alike, and offers an experience almost completely player driven. The All Heroes Free model makes HoN more welcoming for new players and friends of current players, as everyone gains access to any hero of their choosing.
“As gamers, we all know that games are more fun to play with friends, and All Heroes Free will make it easier for players to bring their friends to the game,” said Heroes of Newerth Director Pu Liu. “This new model will also level the eSports playing field, as all players will be able to build their skills and advance their strategies with any hero they choose.”
With the launch of All Heroes Free, any player who purchased a released hero with in-game or real world currency within fifteen days before July 20th will receive a refund. Plus, any player who has ever purchased a hero with real world currency will receive the new and exclusive Mecha Gemini avatar for free, including Legacy players. Mecha Gemini is the super robot avatar of the popular HoN hero Gemini, who will be prowling the lanes of Newerth waiting for the right moment to strike.
In addition to the avatar, all Legacy players will begin earning more rewards for each match played. Added DeForest: “Legacy players are the backbone of HoN, and there’s no way we would be where we are today without them. Their early commitment to the game is irreplaceable, and as HoN continues to evolve, we are always looking for new ways to show our appreciation.”
S2 Games is also working on rolling out a much-anticipated new game mode, with the working title “Gated Mode”, which will offer new players a more controlled environment in which to learn HoN. “With All Heroes Free and the upcoming Gated Mode, we’re really focusing on our new player experience and helping our current players bring their friends into the game,” added Liu. “Gated Mode will allow new players to get into the game faster and easier by pairing them with a smaller group of carefully selected heroes and thereby lessening the initial burden of knowledge.”
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