An absolutely enormous update has finally gone live for the hugely popular DotA-style PC game, Heroes of Newerth. As its central addition to the game, HoN 2.0 brings an in-game store to the experience, which allows you to purchase alternate costumes for heroes, player avatars, new announcers, and much more. All the purchasing is done using in-game currency (goblin coins, in this case) which you can obtain either by exchanging your real-world dollars or by playing games on HoN’s ladder system. Unfortunately, the matchmaking system isn’t quite ready yet, (S2 expects it to be ready very soon) so if you want any of the goods available, you’ll have to plunk down some real money.
Also in this update are various enhancements to the UI, a fully-featured map editor, some new items, as well as a somewhat controversial new Casual Mode, which replaces the game’s Easy Mode. Casual Mode eliminates the gold penalty for dying, increases the distance at which you can earn experience from dying creeps, and a host of other changes that make things generally easier for new players. For a full list of changes brought on by HoN2.0, check out the Heroes of Newerth website.
All in all, it looks like a huge improvement. I just played my first 2.0 game today, and I’m pleased so far. Expect a full sort-of-review on all the inclusions and changes in the patch sometime in the next few days!