S2 Games has released a new game client for Heroes of Newerth, a strategy game where two teams of up to five players each take on the role of special Hero units. The game is now free-to-play, operating under a new model designed to both expand the HoN community and enhance the game play for its existing dedicated fan base. The game mechanics and style of play will remain intact; however, existing player accounts and new accounts will be separated to create a smooth transition as novice players enter the game. There are now three account types under the new free-to-play model: Basic - the standard, free account new players will receive upon sign up; Verified - basic accounts that have been upgraded through a show of commitment to their account, by either purchasing Goblin Coins or surpassing a certain threshold of play time; Legacy - paid user accounts that existed prior to the free-to-play model. These accounts receive a lifetime of free access to all HoN heroes and are able to play in Verified Only games, to ensure that experts and beginners are separated. Legacy accounts can no longer be purchased.