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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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fenevadkan 25 December 2018 at 1:18 pm UTC
morbiusAh, S2 Games, how much of a mark they left on my life. I used to be avid Savage 2 player back in the days because it was the only game available on Linux that I really liked. Unfortunately, it was not commercially successful, so S2 moved on to HoN, which I played religiously for several years. I was not a very good player though and HoN faced some very tough competition in the rising genre. Then they decided to try to overhaul MOBA games with Strife, which I liked as well, but the MOBA market was already saturated. Strife went nowhere, so they tried to remake Savage, choosing the inferior Savage 1 game for a remake, as it did better financially than Savage 2 that was a better game.

Out of nostalgia, I downloaded HoN client this summer, but it wouldn't install on Ubuntu 18.04. Now it's officially dead as well and I say it was about time to pull the plug. Goodbye S2 Games people and thank you for all the memories.

it is strange, it still runs perfectly on my ubuntu 18.04... I keep getting the updates that just work. The only issue I have is a minor graphical issue at the end of a game with the scoreboard.
I am surprised though how many people didnt know this game, for me it is still the most played game and it is so about almost a decade... Not many games could achieve this. Only the classic Medal of Honor Allied Assault (with the expansion packs: Spearhead and Breakthrough), it is still the best FPS, that I would sitll play if it was not locked down by origin, so i cannot install it via wine, perfect would be if it had a steam version and I could now install via Steam play

I had also fond memories about HoN, because it was available when there was no Steam on Linux yet, and no good games only with a few open source titles like 0 A.D and Nexuiz and that's it. And HoN was something amazing that was running on Linux and without any issues and was also fine on my low spec laptop!

Toxic true, as is all other hardcore competitive games, I tried Dota2 but i always returned to HoN, battles and victories are somehow more heroic here.

HoN was then THE Moba game that everyone has been waiting for, it was and is the real DOTA, even after Dota2 because HoN was developed by the original Dota developers, Valve only bought the rights to use the original characters from Dota, but the true spirit of Dota is in HoN.

So contrary that some said it would be a big and sad loss, but fortunately, I dont experience it, because it still runs fine on Linux and I actively playing it
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