Yesterday the multiplayer online battle area game Heroes of Newerth became free-to-play, no strings attached. Refunds will be given to players that purchased heroes before July 5th, and there will be exclusive rewards and bonuses for previous hero for gold coin transactions. Here’s an excerpt from the official announcement:
“On Friday, July 20th, Heroes of Newerth will become Free-to-Own, with all heroes released becoming free for all players. This is a major step forward in the development of HoN and after months of careful consideration and direct input from the HoN community, the time has come to make the HoN gameplay experience open to all users.
We agree with the community that HoN is best played with a full hero pool available to all players and that both the new and the longtime, dedicated players alike can benefit from the change. We want players to have the freedom to invite their friends and to recommend heroes based on playstyle and not a free hero pool. Players will no longer be limited by which heroes they can afford, so when a line-up calls for a certain hero, you can answer the call and focus on what’s important in each game of HoN.”
S2 Games emphasized that this change will help level the playing field and make the game more enjoyable for veterans and newcomers alike. They also announced the new Gated Mode – a static pool of heroes designed for players to learn about the gameplay and improve their skills.
The patch is now live and you can download Heroes of Newerth’s new F2P model on Windows, Mac, and Linux.