Heroes of Newerth (HoN) is now free-to-play, with developer S2 reorganizing the game, which is based on a popular Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients or more popularly known as DOTA, to include three types of accounts.
The new basic account for HoN is a free account new players receive when they sign up. Once a player has surpassed a certain threshold of play time, or purchase Goblin Coins, their account is upgraded to a Verified account. Players who were already paid users will have Legacy accounts. Heroes of Newerth Legacy accounts receive a lifetime of free access to all HoN heroes and are able to play in Verified Only games, to ensure that experts and beginners are separated. Legacy accounts can no longer be purchased. Basic and verified accounts will have access to a rotating pool of 15 free heroes. Both accounts can also purchase new heroes when they come out.
“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,” said S2 Games CEO and co-founder Marc DeForest. “S2 has a serious level of commitment to our players to continuously improve both the game and their experience. With the new account types and match-making standards in place, both novice and existing players will benefit from the upgraded structure.”
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