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Heroes of Newerth drops support for Linux and Mac

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Heroes of Newerth, the MOBA originally from S2 Games which is now handled by Frostburn Studios has dropped Linux and Mac support.

On their official forum, a Mac user was asking for help to download and install it. The response from the team wasn't the kind of help expected, as they said:

Garena has made the decision that the Mac & Linux clients will no longer be officially supported.

As a result, the links for the Mac & Linux download have been removed.

The popularity of the game is nowhere near what it once was. I remember a lot of talk about it in the earlier days, with a lot of people excited about it. Eventually it went free to play and it seems S2 Games decided to abandon a sinking ship with Garena acquiring it from them in 2015, with Frostburn Studios taking over as developer of the title.

I'll be honest here, I couldn't care less about it personally. The last time i tried it, it was the single most toxic experience I've ever had in an online game. I've played a lot of online games and even so it was still at a level I had not seen before. I tried to go back to it a few times, never with a happy ending. Still, sad for any remaining Linux (and Mac) fans of the game.

Looking over some statistics, it's not popular with viewers either. Around 180 on Twitch compared with nearly 100K for League of Legends and over 50K for Dota 2.

If I want to play a MOBA, I will jump into Dota 2. It works well, it's supported and when you have a good team it's a damn fun game too.

Thanks, Naib.

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beko 14 December 2018 at 2:48 pm UTC
I really had to look it up first.


I got a feeling that I didn't miss much =)
const 14 December 2018 at 3:00 pm UTC
The fact that the s2games homepage is not responding nor found via google has me much more worrying.
Always found their games very hard to get into, because of the steep learning curve and a culture of pros having fun to crash newbies instead of helping them. It was plain frustrating. Anyway, they were among the first studios to jump on the linux train and with passion. :/
Aldoor 14 December 2018 at 3:03 pm UTC
Wait, HoN is still around? Last I heard anything about that game was probably 5 or so years ago. Oh well. Doesn't seem like too much of a lose on our part.
melkemind 14 December 2018 at 3:35 pm UTC
I remember way back when S2 released "Savage: The Battle for Newerth". Their trailer was so very attractive, but I probably only played the game once. It was exciting that something so fancy-looking had Linux support but ultimately just not the kind of game I liked. Apparently, many people did like it though. It's a shame the new company isn't as Linux friendly.
slaapliedje 14 December 2018 at 4:03 pm UTC
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I had bought the original Savage, but since I don't generally frame with random strangers, I only once played it at a LAN party and it was pretty fun.
14 14 December 2018 at 4:07 pm UTC
Nice way for them to communicate the change of support. Download link still exists but doesn't work...? Answer is that's intended? Garbage.
Cestarian 14 December 2018 at 4:11 pm UTC
Did anyone even play this anymore?
grenadecx 14 December 2018 at 4:30 pm UTC
Sad. Still one of the best MOBA games out there.

S2 Games fucked up a lot of times and that's why it went downhill and never recovered.
Kimyrielle 14 December 2018 at 4:35 pm UTC
Never heard of that game. I won't miss it either. I don't touch any MOBA game, as that genre consistently seems to attract some of the worst examples of the human species. I can do without getting exposed to that sort of people.
Purple Library Guy 14 December 2018 at 5:16 pm UTC
CestarianDid anyone even play this anymore?
Wellll, we have documented evidence of one Mac user . . .
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