Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth devs bringing out a new MOBA: Strife

Katie Williams at

The first time I played Heroes of Newerth, somebody called me a noob. Somebody else chimed that earwigs had more gaming skill than I did. Then these people began to discuss my mother. Needless to say, I bowed out of HoN rather early in my MOBA career.

MOBAs are notorious for their prickly communities, but that may soon change—thanks to HoN's own developer, S2 Games, who has revealed that it is developing what it calls a "second generation MOBA." Strife is a narrative-heavy, community-driven game that aims to appeal to newbies and veterans alike.

Heroes of Newerth hacker vows League of Legends attack next

Omri Petitte at

Yesterday, a hacker swiped player passwords and account information from Heroes of Newerth's databases, causing developer S2 Games to issue a notice to change any multi-use passwords potentially associated with a player's account. The hacker, apparently, is just getting started. Spotted by PCGamesN, a Reddit thread seemingly created by the hacker gloated over S2's purported security holes and suggested League of Legends would be his or her next target.

Balls of iron(y): Duke Nukem voice actor dislikes violence, guns

Omri Petitte at

When unloading a shotgunful of death or crushing a shrunken Pig Cop alien beneath your manly boots in Duke Nukem, you can always expect to hear a clever follow-up—quips that defined one of classic PC gaming's most memorable characters. Jon St. John, owner of the deep baritone fueling Duke's wisecracks, has reprised his role in a franchise spanning nearly 15 games, but he doesn't necessarily share Duke's pleasure of slugging bullets into warm bodies. In fact, during the latest episode of the Unlimited Hyperbole podcast (via PCGamesN), he revealed his aversion to guns and the violence they promote, saying, "I don't care for guns in general."

Heroes of Newerth heroes now entirely free

Tom Senior at

There will be no levelling or unlocking required to access Heroes of Newerth's great big lineup of champions thanks to today's patch. RPS spotted the news in a statement on the Heroes of Newerth forums, where S2 staffer Konran explained the reasoning behind the change. “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.”

Celebrate Heroes of Newerth's 100th hero by trying him out for free! [Giveaway]

Lucas Sullivan at

On Friday, S2 Games hit a major milestone with its flagship franchise, Heroes of Newerth, by adding the 100th hero to the game's humongous roster. That hero is Kinesis, a slick Intelligence caster who excels at nuking his enemies to death by quickly chaining telekinetic spells. Want to try him out, totally free of charge? We've got 50 unlock codes for Kinesis, and with HoN being free-to-play, anyone can give this landmark hero a go.

Heroes of Newerth director talks about mentoring

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As action-RTS
Heroes of Newerth prepares to introduce new features and a few surprises at Dreamhack, Director of Operations Brad Bower talked to us about how S2 is developing the game by providing more effective teaching tools for new players.

He explained how HoN's mentoring system mimics the way we tend to learn games from friends in real-life, and how HoN's updates will make the client itself a learning resource for new players.

Heroes of Newerth latest fighter revealed: King Midas

Tom Senior at

The story of King Midas is a tale of how a man's greed for gold ruined his life. The moral of the story would be very different if King Midas could shoot a golden lion out of his chest to heal friends and eat his enemies. "I can't hug my children, but CHECK OUT THIS LION," he'd say.

King Midas will be bringing his lion thing to the war-torn lanes of Heroes of Newerth later today. He can also teleport, and turn his enemies into gold, proving that when it comes to taking down the enemy fortress in HoN, greed is a good thing after all. Read on for a summary of his abilities.

Meet Heroes of Newerth's latest fighters: Rhapsody and Master of Arms

Lucas Sullivan at

With its recent transition to the free-to-play model, S2 Games is staying strong with Heroes of Newerth, releasing two heroes in the latest update for the second time in a row. This week, we welcome Rhapsody, a support-caster songstress, and Master of Arms, a gruff gunner with dual functions on all of his abilities. We've got some sweet tips on how best to play this dynamic duo, so be sure to check 'em out before you head online.

This week's best free PC games

Lewis Denby at

Despite a certain tower defense game having gone free-to-play, this week's 'towering achievement' (ha!) is a game about a dog being charged for several counts of murder. Murder Dog IV (even though it's the first game) is exceptionally strange, but once you get into it it's surprisingly invigorating. I love that so many free indie releases seem to fall into that camp. Read on for more information on that, as well as Newerth, Soul King and Alight (In Dreams).

Heroes of Newerth goes Free-to-Play

Lucas Sullivan at

The headline says it all: S2's Heroes of Newerth is going free-to-play, and we couldn't be happier. Since the game's official release on May 12th of last year, there's been a barrier of entry to players who wanted to try out HoN's intense hero-vs-hero battles, but weren't willing to pay the game's one-time fee. Now that the cost of access has been completely lifted, HoN's popularity is bound to explode as more and more people get their friends to give it a try. Come check out what's changing, what's not, and what S2 plans to do with HoN next.

Check out Revenant, Heroes of Newerth's EZ-mode caster

Lucas Sullivan at

Sometimes, playing as a powerful hero just does the work for you. If you've farmed enough, or gotten fed enough, you can reach a point where the game just plays itself, letting you dominate enemies while you space out. What if a hero could be cruisin' on easy street right from the get-go? You may want to check out HoN's newest intelligence hero: Revenant, set for release this Friday. Four skills feels like too many to juggle? Not to worry—his ultimate is passive, so with the right team, you'll be racking up assists like nobody's business using this support superstar.

DreamHack Summer 2011 recap: The Promised LAN

George "Kast" Stipick at

DreamHack Summer 2011 has come and gone, leaving a rush of exciting replays and up-and-coming teams in its wake. But what if you weren't fortunate enough to make it out to Sweden and see LAN-party Mecca for yourself? We've got an in-depth recap of the electrifying event from Borderland Gaming's own Kast, who commentated at the event and lived to tell about it.

Join Heroes of Newerth's [PCGC], the official PC Gamer clan!

Lucas Sullivan at

MOBAs are always better when you're playing with friends. Whether you win or lose, it's guaranteed to feel that much better if you're praising your buddy's clutch Javelin of Light, or laughing off a whiffed Guttling Hook. Whether or not you're familiar with these abilities, we'd love to fight by your side or teach you the ropes in Heroes of Newerth. Read on to find out how you can get involved in what is sure to be the HoN (casual) clan of the century.

Heroes of Newerth giveaway winners, and their bizarre hero concepts

Lucas Sullivan at

Well folks, it's been a week's time, and the results are in: SW4Y1N, Caecus, MassCreed, revanxp, Nyoron, smalltrouble, Gilgafish, kestrel150, Godunderscor and Felverick are the ten lucky winners of a free copy of Heroes of Newerth, and will be contacted shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered, and made my Friday afternoon that much funnier! But what if you want to know why these people won? What was their concept that amused me so? There's only one way to find out. Read on to delve into the visions of madmen—or are they geniuses?

Take one for the team with the latest addition to the Heroes of Newerth roster: Martyr

Lucas Sullivan at

Let's face it: death is a part of any MOBA. Be you pro or nub, making a worthwhile contribution to your team means at some point, your HP is bound to drop to 0, and you'll have to wait patiently back in the base. S2 Games knows all too well how much dying can affect a match—but what if dying for the good of the team was part of a hero's strategy? Say hello to Martyr, a support hero in the truest sense who puts teammates before his Kill/Death ratio. Check out the Spotlight video above, then check out his ability list, complete with actual numbers!

PC Gamer wants YOU for the Coconut Monkey army! [HoN, BLC]

Lucas Sullivan at

All your life, you've known that you were born to be a leader. But you never yet got the chance to rise up and guide your fellow gamers, forming alliances with bonds stronger than blood. That is, until today. PC Gamer wants you to enlist in the Coconut Monkey army, becoming the leader you were destined to be. If you consider yourself a dedicated, amicable general in Heroes of Newerth or Bloodline Champions, it's time to answer the call.

Heroes of Newerth's birthday giveaway: win one of 10 free copies of HoN

Lucas Sullivan at

Yesterday marked the 1-year anniversary since the official launch of S2 Games' popular MOBA Heroes of Newerth, and they're partying like it's their birthday—which it totally is. Alongside their free-to-play week, which lasts until Sunday the 22nd, they're giving the community bonus in-game shop currency and some new avatars created by popular demand. But what if your birthday wish is that you could play the game for free forever, instead of ponying up at the close of next weekend? That's where we come in—we're giving away 10 free copies of HoN, perfect for the newbie who's enjoying themselves this week or the veteran that wants to get their friends involved. Read on to find out how to enter!

Heroes of Newerth is free to play until next Sunday

Tom Senior at

S2 Games are launching a free-to-play period to celebrate Heroes of Newerth's first birthday. This will let players enjoy the game for nothing for the next week-and-a-bit.

The DOTA-style multiplayer game has enjoyed plenty of success over the last twelve months, and now has more than 50,000 players a day. With dozens of unique heroes, and more being added all the time, it's unlikely you'll be able to see everything Heroes of Newerth has to offer in a few days, but for the magnificent price of nothing, it's certainly worth a look.

Heroes of Newerth's latest champion, Tremble, will shake up the lanes

Lucas Sullivan at

Heroes of Newerth players suffering from entomophobia (fear of insects) are about to get a nasty surprise: Tremble, the seventy-sixth hero to join HoN's ragtag bunch, is sure to give hapless noobs nightmares. Combine the horrifying appearance of Warhammer 40K's Tyranid Lictor with the creepy burrowing of StarCraft II's equally horrifying Zerg, and you'll understand why heroes should be terrified when the ground starts rumbling beneath their feet. Read on to find out more about the bloodcurdling beetle who'll be coming soon to a gank near you.

Giveaway: You got Duke Nukem in my Heroes of Newerth

Anthony Valva at

I love peanut butter cups. Today, Heroes of Newerth is my chocolate and Jon St. John doing the voice of Duke Nukem is my peanut butter--and the product of their pairing is delicious. The newest announcer pack for HoN (which changes all of the audio elements of the game, like "first kill") features the Duke himself saying new lines that make your victories feel incredibly badass and your defeats even more humiliating. As the patron saint of PC Gamer, Duke's given us five copies that we can give away to you! Read on to find out how to enter.