Earlier today, S2 Games announced that their DotA title Heroes of Newerth will be going free-to-play — a move that came just 3 days after Riot Games’s League of Legends passed the 15 million registered users mark. In addition to the removal of the $30 purchase cost, the Warcraft III Defense of the Ancients inspired title will also feature 3 different types of accounts: Basic, Verified, and Legacy.
The Basic account will be offered for free to all new registered users, which will then be upgraded to Verified once a user reaches a certain amount of play-time or has purchased Goblin coins. Users who have purchased the game before will be entitled to Legacy accounts, which grants lifetime free access to all HoN heroes and access verified-only games.
Basic and Verified account holders can also purchase new heroes as soon as they become available.
“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,” S2 Games CEO and co-founder Marc DeForest said in a statement. “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.”