On a sad turn of events from OG MOBA gamers around the world: This week, one of the first MOBAs will be shutting down.
Heroes of Newerth, one of the first MOBAs to gain public appeal after its 2010 launch, is now closed.
For a time, the game was League of Legends’ largest rival, back when both MOBAs were attempting to replicate Dota’s success before League finally triumphed.
Of course, the rest is history.
Despite its lag, Heroes of Newerth has gotten nearly a decade of upgrades, with new content and gameplay modifications, which is nothing to sneeze at.
The game’s most recent major update was a rebalancing patch issued in 2019, and developer Frostburn Studios announced in December 2021 that servicing for the 0game will terminate in 2022.
According to the studio, “Heroes of Newerth (HoN) has been in service for a long time. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has been on this journey, created special memories together with us, moved HoN forward, and created a lot of unforgettable stories for HoN, as well as making Heroes of Newerth become one of the most popular MOBA games in history… The Heroes of Newerth team regrets to announce that Heroes of Newerth’s service will officially come to an end on June 20, 2022.”
The game’s remaining players were treated to a final hurrah of rehashed events over the last six months of its life until it was shut down earlier today.
If you try to get into the game right now, you’ll see a page that states, “HON IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING! ”
On another note, Nilah will be a new hero in League of Legends. Although the Heroes of Newerth have died, League will continue to operate for the time being.