Once the biggest League of Legends and Dota competitor Heroes of the Newerth (HoN) have come to an end officially in June 21, 2022 just two days ago. In December of 2021 Frostburn studio announced its closure of over a decade of operation. The game had a lot of players and loyal fans who were disappointed by the decision. The developers said that they are going to spend more time on their other games and will be focusing on new projects.
The game has been available since 2009 and has seen a rise in popularity over the years. It is no surprise that many players are sad to see it go.
Heroes of Newerth is a two-lane pushing multiplayer online battle arena video game. Heroes of Newerth has been developed by now-defunc-S2 Games, an independent company from California. It was released on June 16, 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms and later it was released for Linux systems on September 12, 2011.
Some players rumored that the reason why Heroes of Newerth has lost its popularity is because the game has not been updated in years. The developers have not added any new content or fixed any bugs. The last major update made in 2019.
Heroes of Newerth Quick Statistics
- Beta Release Date: April 24, 2009
- Commercial Release Date: August 22, 2009
- Total Registered Players upon release: 3,000,000
- Free-to-play release: July 29, 2011
- In 2013 Heroes of Newerth became of top game in the Philippines
- Closure Date : June 21, 2022
Here’s the context of the Announcement:
“Heroes of Newerth (HoN) has been in service for a long time. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has been on this journey, created special memories together with us, moved HoN forward, and created a lot of unforgettable stories for HoN, as well as making Heroes of Newerth become one of the most popular MOBA games in history.
“The Heroes of Newerth team regrets to announce that Heroes of Newerth’s service will officially come to an end on June 20, 2022.”
Ever since then the game has been re-running old events, stopped selling premium currency, and generally showered the remaining players with nice things as a final farewell. Today the Heroes of Newerth servers have shut down, and its various official communication platforms are to be wound-down.
I wasn’t a Heroes of Newerth player, but the official forums are full of the people who put years into this game, many of whom have been playing since beta. I found this tribute by TemplarZ touching:
“Hello everyone, as I write this with tears in my eyes, I just wanted to say it’s been a pleasure playing with every single one of you! No matter what has happened and what kind of a game it was when we played, good or bad… I’m just thankful it happened.
“I just played my last HoN game with my all time favorite hero Shadowblade (the first hero that I got Immortal and Annihilation in the same game with… I remember it like it was yesterday) and I played it with my oldest HoN buddy (who has been a real life friend of mine for many years thanks to this game). I’ve meet many interesting people who will continue to be my friends all because of this beautiful game. It has been a wild journey and every second has been precious, filled with all sorts of emotions.
“So, I say this with a heavy heart, goodbye everyone and goodbye Heroes of Newerth. I really hope that something magical will happen and that we will all be able to play our favorite game again!