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Post by Robbo @ 01:04pm 29/03/10 | 30 Comments
S2Games has just announced the start of the Heroes of Newerth open beta.
With the release of 0.3.0 we are preparing for Open Beta which will begin Wednesday, March 31 @ 4:00pm PST. We will continue to work on the client and improve all the additions to the game. We also have an awesome new hero on the way! We haven't released ANY information about it, however I'm sure you will see some stuff leaked soon.
HoN has been extremely popular for a closed beta. There is never any less then 20,000 people online at one time (usually there is around 50,000). It will be interesting to see if that number increases much as it seems anyone who is interested about the game has already been invited into the closed beta.

You can view a countdown to beta here. and the latest version of the Heroes of Neweth beta client can be found locally on AusGamers.
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TiT
Posted 01:07pm 29/3/10
I play it alot and love it. Never played DOTA but do like this game alot!
Robbo
Posted 01:09pm 29/3/10
Yeah I never played DotA but tried this one out and got right into it. I still play it a fair bit.
CSIRAC
Posted 01:11pm 29/3/10
Feel a bit sorry for the people who pre-purchased HoN o so many many months ago hoping it would go retail at some point. Unfortunetly it doesn't look like it'll go retail any time soon and I know a lot of people who got bored of the game after many months and who pre-purchased. I guess its not really ripping off the people since the game was very polished but still..
TiT
Posted 01:16pm 29/3/10
I pre-purchased... I do love the game, but probably only really like the game as my whole clan plays so i actually dont play with other randoms
Robbo
Posted 01:17pm 29/3/10
I pre-purchased once it was available. I had already played it enough and gotten my $30 worth. Even if I didn't play any longer I would not of felt ripped off. Also people who pre-ordered knew exactly what they were buying, another reason it is not a rip off.

How can you say that it won't go retail? They just did a huge update to the interface, added matchmaking, polished settings, adding an ingame ladder, made it so you can always use the chat features unless ingame, enhanced the stats display to show more details. The list goes on... I don't see how could say "hoping it would go retail at some point".

I predict a couple months of open beta and then release. Could go on for a lot longer though...
skythra
Posted 01:31pm 29/3/10
Feel a bit sorry for the people who pre-purchased HoN
Why? The $30USD sure gave more benefits in terms of playability of the game than $110 on a xbox game.

Even if you had the choice of not paying that money, it could hardly be considered a poor investment compared to other options.
CSIRAC
Posted 01:46pm 29/3/10
How can you say that it won't go retail? They just did a huge update to the interface, added matchmaking, polished settings, adding an ingame ladder, made it so you can always use the chat features unless ingame, enhanced the stats display to show more details. The list goes on... I don't see how could say "hoping it would go retail at some point".


I'm talking about the people who pre-purchased about 6+ months ago hoping the game would have gone retail soon after.

Why? The $30USD sure gave more benefits in terms of playability of the game than $110 on a xbox game


Sure it was good value, but whats more value is not paying for it :P Yes, yes you were supporting a small games company and power to you, and a different point really. I'm just saying :P
skythra
Posted 01:47pm 29/3/10
Good that you ignored my other sentence.
Hogfather
Posted 01:53pm 29/3/10
I'm talking about the people who pre-purchased about 6+ months ago hoping the game would have gone retail soon after.

Was there some benefit that they missed out on (or was delayed) by buying in early?
skythra
Posted 01:58pm 29/3/10
They get to taunt, which influences the game in a strange way. There's some other things too, but most are useless. Also they don't look like newbs so they don't instantly get kicked from a game during its filling process. Not a lot of things.

But here's the oportunity cost: The money could have been spent on the game gaining very little. OR the money could have been used to be spent on 1/4th another game which you may play only 1/4th as much (or even less depending on how much you enjoy hon.) Hence the opportunity cost isn't all that high.
Robbo
Posted 01:58pm 29/3/10
People who pre purchase get a couple little things. Once as open beta starts you can no longer get those things. I am assuming you can get them other ways later on though, I think I read it somewhere.

Here is more to the official statement above about pre purchases...

"That being said, the incentives we have been giving to pre purchase the game will be coming to an end when we begin Open Beta. That means if you want the Golden Shield, Golden Name, and the ability to Taunt (SMACKDOWN), you should pre purchase NOW!"
Pharcyde
Posted 01:58pm 29/3/10
This game is f*****g excellent. $30 is a steal. The learning curve is really steep, and it contains probably one of the worst, most abusive communities around. But if you can find a few decent people to play with you and constructively critique your playing, it's incredibly rewarding.

Easily my most played game of the last 6 months.

QGL people should add me - Phar84.

If you do start playing, check out the offical forums for guides for a good portion of the heroes in the game. The "Premium guides" under the Strategy section are especially excellent.

Also, when you begin playing, make sure you join unranked games only. You WILL die a lot and this WILL affect your team in a really negative way, so it's only fair to play in games that stats aren't being recorded for while you learn.
skythra
Posted 02:06pm 29/3/10
I havn't been online in a long time, the people I played with have been busy and i tend to get annoyed playing without at least one of them. My username is the same as it is here, skythra.

My PSR is only 1650? (it fluctuates a bit)

I tend to play support characters (my most played is nymph). PSR doesn't mean much, neither does KD. If you play agility characters and have low KD ratio then that is bad. But if you play a tanking support (avernus, etc) then you can expect to die more often than get kills, though if you're a tank, you should probably only expect to die a few times per game.

If it's your first time, take some strength based characters, anything with a stun makes a good team player early on.
XaartaX
Posted 02:07pm 29/3/10
Definitely one of the most abusive communities I've come across. I've seen genuine newbies got abused all game because... they're newbie and don't know how the game plays yet (feeding, ganking, jungle, not knowing what abilities work well with other heroes, not knowing what abilities the enemies have and to watch out for, poor item choice.. the list goes on).
greazy
Posted 02:11pm 29/3/10
Yeah agreeing with XaartaX. Even DOTA had friendlier community. I remember joining a newb only game and I was abused for not knowing how to play the game.
Hogfather
Posted 02:22pm 29/3/10
Yeh its like /b/ adopted the game en masse or something.
skythra
Posted 02:25pm 29/3/10
Which is great because /b/ tards are all easy to shut up. Most of them sit in the jungle playing WoW (basically suggesting that they're pveing like some kind of gold farmer instead of assisting the team etc). They complain when the rest of the team doesn't carry them unhindered to level 20 (despite you know, the team often having to fight 4v5 because the farmer needs his epic items) and then use their KD stats to prove that they're not the problem (they never die in the jungle and have epic items to lasthit enemies much easier than the team who has been struggling to defend against 5).

You tell them to get back to their internet cliche's and wank off over their kiddie porn. Clearly their one handed playstyle has got them far.
greazy
Posted 02:29pm 29/3/10
...you've got no idea about /b/. A lot of people think they're a bunch of tards on the internet but a select few of them are highly savvy and destructive who lead the tards. They're a force to be reckoned with and you shouldn't think anything less of them.
Hogfather
Posted 02:41pm 29/3/10
A lot of people think they're a bunch of tards on the internet but a select few of them are highly savvy and destructive who lead the tards.
Are the select few the ones in the jungle acting like d*******s?

But I do agree that there's some sophisticated dudes at the head. I reckon one day they'll go that one step too far and get a massive smackdown.
skythra
Posted 02:47pm 29/3/10
but a select few
When i offend a /b/ tard that they are almost always going to be easily pointed out by the fact that they are retarded kids between the ages of 15-17 and almost always shouting about the latest internet trend.

I bet you, i never offend those "slect few" because I highly doubt they would be spouting "CATLAWLZ" and other internet meme's around in HoN chat. Most people who are both savvy and destructive are intelligent and self respectful enough to lower themselves to the average.

Just because a bunch of tards are led by a select few smart ones, it doesn't mean i've any respect for the tards. If i suddenly started following /b/ hourly, would you have to improve your respect of me? If you already think I'm a tard, i don't get free admittance just because my leader is smart do i?

edit: i specifically also mentioned that i was talking about the subset of /b/ the /b/ tards.
konstie
Posted 03:22pm 29/3/10
it's even better when its free.
TiT
Posted 03:24pm 29/3/10
i have 2 accounts as my psr on main account is 800 :)
add me
_TiT_
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kr0wb4r
Posted 04:55pm 29/3/10
Skythra seems butthurt, did somebody troll you? HoN is serious business okay.
Lithium
Posted 06:29pm 29/3/10
Hon is the best game and value for money to be released since Orange Box IMO. unlimited playability with just 1 map, imagine when other maps come out, it's going to dominate
gamer
Posted 06:35pm 29/3/10
This game is about 50% of my gaming time and has been since a good 6+months now.

Simply amazing game. The new UI is f*****g awesome.
shrapse
Posted 08:00pm 29/3/10
who's up for an in house game? add me: hailnora
skythra
Posted 08:13pm 29/3/10
Skythra seems butthurt, did somebody troll you?
Despite what you may think, i don't actually enjoy offending people. But I don't just sit there and take somoene's blame when it's not warranted, i deflect and create irrational strawman arguments :)

As for greazy, i'd never want to call him a /b/tard! If he visits 4chan then the more power to him, he doesn't go around talking about various meme's like his life depends on it, so i'd hate to imply that he's a tard, i'd rather make myself understood than cause an argument (generally). And if he's just trolling me, then meh, happens all the time :P
3x0dus
Posted 08:40pm 29/3/10

Feel a bit sorry for the people who pre-purchased HoN o so many many months ago hoping it would go retail at some point. Unfortunetly it doesn't look like it'll go retail any time soon and I know a lot of people who got bored of the game after many months and who pre-purchased.


I still dont get this.

The game is going to go Retail Eventualy, Open beta is just further extending the numbers out to test server loads etc, before final release.

What it matter if its another 2 months 3 months 6 months, at some point it will be Retail.

As others have said my $30 has well and truely been recovered with over 8 days of Full Ingame Time.

When it goes Retail the freeloaders will be gone.
shrapse
Posted 08:58pm 29/3/10
I'm talking about the people who pre-purchased about 6+ months ago hoping the game would have gone retail soon after.


You mean the people full knowingly pre-purchasing a game in CLOSED beta?

Also a worthy note that this game still has anywhere between 30,000 - 50,000 people online at any given time of the day, in closed beta. Interesting to see what numbers it brings when open begins.
TiT
Posted 10:46am 30/3/10
open beta will be good demo. i think they have done a great job... at least ppl can get the feel of it before it comes out and then they can see if its worth them buying it.... I did that with battlefield as well. I got beta key from Ausgamers. Then i loved the game so much after a couple of hours of play and pre-purcahsed the game on steam.
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