Heroes of Newerth to Offer All Heroes Free
Starting tomorrow, every Heroes of Newerth player will have immediate access to the entire pool of 107 released heroes, making HoN a completely free-to-own game.
Prior to this new game model, players could select from a weekly rotating free pool of 16 heroes, and had the option to purchase individual heroes with in-game or real world currency. Early Access heroes will still be available for purchase under a four-week trial period.
Heroes of Newerth Director Pu Liu said:
“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. 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.
S2 Games co-founder and CEO Marc DeForest said:
“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. Liu said:
“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. 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.”
Check out the announcement trailer:
I think this free-hero move is great — my concern with MOBAs that follow the unlockable hero transaction model is how the competitive scene is affected. If everyone has access to all the heroes, then the playing field is level.
via press release