Mile Marker 8: Heroes Of Newerth

Mile Marker 8: Heroes Of Newerth

Tired of stodgy corporate games made by The Man and his minions? We’re playing the 31 best indie games for a change of pace – and so we can judge them. Today, Heroes of Newerth.

In A Sentence

Inspired by the incredibly popular defence of the Ancients Warcraft III fan mod, Heroes of Newerth is an online-only multiplayer action strategy game that has you controlling a hero to help defend your base and destroy your enemy’s.

State Of Completion

The PC game is currently in beta.


Like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth is a stand-alone online-only take on Defense of the Ancients.

In the game, players control a hero among a team of player-controlled heroes, assisting little automated units as they try to take out the other team of heroes’ base. As you play a match you can use experience and gold to level up, add abilities and purchase items.

HON includes 60 heroes to choose from, each of which can take quite awhile to master, so it’s a game that you’re sure to enjoy for quite awhile, if you’re into the basic premise.

Answers We Demanded

Kotaku: What was the inspiration behind your game?

James Fielding, Lead Designer on Heroes of Newerth: Heroes of Newerth was inspired by DotA – All Stars. We’re huge DotA fans at S2, and saw its potential. We wanted to make a game that seized that potential and really launched that style of gameplay to new heights. That’s where the gameplay inspiration comes from, anyway. We have certainly taken the gameplay in new directions as well, with new mechanics, but our visuals are definitely worth mentioning here as well. The inspiration for our art comes from a variety of sources – we’re all a bit nerdy, so often when brain storming visuals for heroes we reference a ton of “nerdy” culture, quite often from our favourite books, TV shows and movies.

Kotaku: Name your favourite book, movie, album and game.

Fielding: – Favourite book is probably a series of books – the Wheel of Time series. I’m still making my way through them actually, but really enjoying it.

– Favourite movie is probably The Shawshank Redemption, though that’s a hard one to answer for sure. I don’t really have any favourite album’s – I’m more of a “find the song I want and get it” kind of guy.

– My favourite game would probably be Dark Reign 2, an RTS by Pandemic Studios from 2000 – it’s the game that introduced me to the concept of competitive online play. I’d played games online for years before that, sure, but never really competitively.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Independent Games Festival finalists as we head toward the March awards show.



    This game is fucking awesome. I have played over 1000 games and it is still in BETA.

    It will go in open BETA eventually so there’s no reason not to try it.

  • If it’s anything like defense of the ancients then the community will be so competitive they have everything down to APS and all that crap that no new player to the genre will have any fun. The entry level learning curve for games like this is like a vertical slope. I haven’t played this, but if the community is anything like DoA then I don’t think I want to.

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