Singapore-based Garena buys out S2’s Heroes of Newerth MOBA

    
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Less than heroic.

Heroes of Newerth has a new owner, but Michigan-based Garena subsidiary Frostburn Studios says that the five-year old MOBA’s 30 million registered players will be minimally impacted by the switchover from original developer S2 Games.

Singapore-based Garena is “striving to extend HoN’s success to America and Europe,” according to a press release that touts the title’s performance in Southeast Asia. HoN veteran Brad Bower is “heading up” Frostburn.

[Source: Garena press release]
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yoooooo1

This is actually great news, HoN is an excellent game, my personal favourite moba, which was falling behind because of serious bad management. Good riddance.

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yoooooo1

MilitiaMasterV Yes the accounts never expire. And now there is a ingame guide in the shop that helps you choose what items you should buy. And its really well done. 
The game is much user friendly than it was on its release.

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Interesting. I played HoN back when it was still in beta, right before the ‘launch’ (At which point they asked for money and I was a little too tight-fisted at the time to pony up.) and I loved the heck out of it.
It was really good fun with a LAN group…but the group (We did teams with laptops/desktops upstairs vs downstairs and swapped people around as needed to ‘balance’) I played with ended up breaking up and going their separate ways. I almost kind of wish I’d stuck with it, as you could still find groups with the in-game finder system…but I was never a huge DotA fan….so I was kinda semi lost in the ‘how to build items’ and whatnot, and often became a ‘drag’ on my teams so I didn’t feel comfortable continuing.

I wonder if they even still have my name/account after all this time.

Glad to hear S2 was able to make some money off this…but I’m kinda sad to see they sold it too.

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PurpleCopper 
Yes!  100 times yes.  Savage was such a fun game and great concept.  I’m surprised they haven’t tried to bring this back.  With so many more people playing team-based games today, I’d think Savage could gain quite a bit more traction than when it was released a decade ago.

BKone
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MikedotFoster We will see, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. The judgment day is jun 2. We will see what survives the coming of the bulldozer lol.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Oh good, maybe S2 can start making Savage 3 with the money they got.

MikedotFoster
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HoN is a great MOBA. Hopefully it will stick around for its fans.

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Greaterdivinity

Honestly, full of surprised. I’m surprised HoN still gets any significant support (though it’s cool that it does) anymore given how it’s mostly been pushed out to the fringes by LoL/Dota 2 and now HotS, and surprised that S2 found a buyer for it. No clue how Stryfe is doing (though I did much around in its “campaign” a bit which is pretty fun), but it’s interesting to see them offload HoN.