Pending some Valve confirmation, it seems like the signal this genre is going big time. I guess it was only a matter of time that a huge player moved into town… S2’s upstart beta of Heroes of Newerth boasts more concurrent players daily than any Steam game short of Counterstrike.
A big name and a bigger following meet huge money… should be interesting to say the least!
That’s pretty interesting. I was surprised that S2 didn’t hire him. When you download Heroes of Newerth, one of the first things you read is a statement about IceFrog (basically saying that S2 got his blessing to make a DotA clone).
Demigod was my first experience with this type of game, so keep that in mind. I enjoyed my one frantic, “oh dear I’m in over my head” game with Qt3rs (and I’m looking to get in a game or two this week) in Heroes of Newerth.
The last hit thing I did not like one bit. I also wasn’t crazy about the need to manage my own creeps as a means of depriving the enemy of exp/gold.
I am terrified of the HoN playerbase, though.
All of those things said, I think there’s huge potential for this sub-genre or whatever we want to call it. Demigod is certainly flawed but an excellent game.
HoN has an insane learning curve if you’re not familiar with DotA, even if you are it’s significant. I don’t mind the last hit and deny mechanics. The early game would nothing without them. People would just stand there and soak up experience or run back and forth to avoid or attack the opposing hero. You wouldn’t really be able to do anything that would affect the game long term.