Posts Tagged ‘S2 Games’

RTS-FPS Revival: Savage Resurrection Released

Old people might remember Savage: The Battle for Newerth, a combination of FPS and RTS released in 2003 by S2 Games. The studio have focused on MOBAs in recent years, releasing Heroes of Newerth and Strife, but they’re back genremashing now. After a stretch on Steam Early Access, they’ve properly released Savage Resurrection [official site]. Based on the first Savage game, Resurrection offers 16v16 men vs. monsters multiplayer where one player on each side is a commander and the rest are their troops to direct around. Build bases, lead attacks, smash the enemy’s stuff up… it’s an RTS played by FPS players, yeah?

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Wizards A Go-Go: Strife Now In Open Beta


Heroes of Newerth devs S2 Games declared their second wizard ’em up, Strife, a “second generation MOBA.” (Don’t confuse Strife with Smite, Hi-Rez’s similarly-named wizard pusher.) With one Dote ’em up under their belt, the reasoning goes, they’ve learned from successes and mistakes of the wizard murder simulator genre. Yes, yes, but what’s it actually like? We can now all see for ourselves, as S2 launched Strife into open beta testing on Friday.

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S2 Working On ‘Second Generation’ MOBA, Strife

Heroes Of Newerth developers S2 send word that work has begun on Strife, a new MOBA. They explain: “Unlike other MOBAs, Strife is built entirely around the idea of a collective, contributing community. Predicated on creating a more connected multiplayer experience that incentivizes cooperation, Strife streamlines communication between players with innovative, in-client social systems and rewards players for team collaboration, not simply placing highest on a leaderboard. It also employs design elements that instruct and inform, providing immediate feedback for genre newcomers and veterans alike.” Sounds like a game with a very specific problem in mind, eh?

More details below.
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New And Old Ones: Heroes Of Newerth Reborn With 3.0

Relevantly, given the previous article, S2’s popular MOBA Heroes Of Newerth has been revamped for its 3.0 iteration, which overhauls numerous aspects of the game, including the UI. Importantly for the game’s ongoing survival the game also introduces a bunch more player-welcoming tools, such as walkthroughs for newbies, a series of hint videos in “the Learnatorium” and new bots to practice against before you brave the horrors of actual PvP. This looks like a pretty big step for the game, and also includes redesigned heroes and maps to refresh the whole experience. I’ve posted some of S2’s numerous dev diaries below, as well as their new concept-art montage lore trailer. It remains free to play, of course.
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DOTA, LOL: All Heroes Of Newerth Heroes Going Free

Well, this is something of a nice surprise. Once upon a time, Heroes of Newerth – a pretty solid MOBA that can’t shout quite as loudly as genre giants like League of Legends – cast off its price tag and went free-to-play. Now, though, it’s taking things one rather large step further. Following in DOTA 2’s footsteps, HoN’s sending all of its Newerthian heroes into battle with no strings attached. In other words, starting today, every last one’s totally, completely free.

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Oh Look, Heroes Of Newerth Is Free To Play

Ah. This will likely annoy those folks in the League Of Legends thread who said they played Heroes Of Newerth because the entry fee kept out the rabble. Well, now the rabble is coming for you! Don’t worry too much, though, because you can always set up your games to filter those pesky free accounts, and keep to the “legacy” players. Legacy is what your account will called if you paid for HoN in the past, apparently. Which keeps it all nice and tidy.

Still, I’ve just had a read of the HoN forums. Oof.

Heroes Of Newerth Is Free For A Bit

What does this image say to you? It says THIS IS A VIDEOGAME. AoE motherfukka, AOE.
From today until the 22nd, to be precise. It’s all to celebrate one year since the game’s launch. A bit like a birthday, only a for a game, which had a long beta. This means that you can pay the hero-based multi-player teamplay combat arena thinga-game (did we ever actually ever get past the “DOTA-clone” name for these? Was it a MOBA? I am so tired) for nil pennies! I know how excited that makes you, so don’t just sit there vibrating, go take a look at the website, where details of registration and downloads can be found, understood, and executed.

I played this a bunch last year. It was tough. I am a nood.