If you liked the sound of Strife from our PAX East write-up, you’ll be pleased to know that S2 Games’ newest MOBA enterprise is entering closed beta, giving players the chance to try and test the game for themselves.

According to the press release, the makers of Heroes of Newerth are “Determined to create a more connected multiplayer experience, Strife is focused on giving players an environment where they’re competing with enemies, not their own teammates.” That keeps in line with our experience, where the game seemed better geared to more team-based, rather than team-competitive, gameplay.

Beta signups are not region-locked, so players from around the world can mix and mingle and mash each other into paste. Sign up via the link on the game’s official site.

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  1. Kax on January 21, 2014

    Well I just need a key now lol, would be nice to see if mmobomb could reach the devs to grab some keys for us 😉

  2. Ken on December 27, 2013

    sumbody have beta key on this? pls give me one..

  3. Guinhs on December 25, 2013

    Just League of legends clone, as Dawngate. Graphics, style, animation. Nothing new.

  4. Bleh! on December 23, 2013

    Strife is so cute, so funny so amazing <3
    i looooooved!
    But, im waiting for matchmaking,cause its so sad n boring to play looking for rooms, can be too long!

  5. i got the reason on December 19, 2013

    bah GARBAGE !!! , GO play SMITE if you want a cool moba

    • come on on December 20, 2013

      its people like u that ruins the community and before u say anything my main game is smite

      • Quazer on December 20, 2013

        Yeah, you’re right. Smite’s my main too, but I gave a few other MOBAs a try. Just saying ‘This one is better, go to it!!’ is ignorant. They’re different.

  6. ThcMonkee on December 19, 2013

    “Strife was created from the ground up to eliminate many frustrating elements common to the genre. It’s a MOBA that is much easier to get into and have fun while still keeping a high skill ceiling that experienced players enjoy.”

    I copy-pasted that from their webpage and that sentance, in my opinion, sums up why they feel they earned the right to call it a second generation MOBA. They learned from previous MOBAs, and they upgraded the formula by adressing both the immediate flaws and those that only really get apperent as time goes on, like the toxic community of every single MOBA out there.

    I always felt that is what LoL did with Dota. Every single change that Riot made to the formula, I personally approved and found necessary. I would have called LoL to be second generation but then Dota 2 came out and all that became rather blurry.

    Im not saying that Strife is or isn’t a “second generation”, im just saying that once you use the formula to learn from it rather than just coping it, it becomes debatable if you are bringing the formula to the next level.

    Either way, that “second generation” title is certainly first and foremost a selling point.

  7. gdfgdfg on December 18, 2013

    HOW IS IT 2ND-GEN?? Just wondering.

    • MrFoN on December 18, 2013

      yeah WTF

    • spunkify Author on December 18, 2013

      Its their second MOBA. They first made Heroes of Newerth. I guess they consider this their “second gen” MOBA.

      • Mystika on December 18, 2013

        So would that mean that literally every single one apart from Strife is “1st gen”?

        • dinoslav on December 19, 2013

          I literally registered to tell you are all wrong
          its a second gen moba because it has crafting elements and pets and that the and by that it’s a diffrent kind of moba (second gen)

          • doubletriple on December 19, 2013

            no, its not. Crafting and pets is not enough to be 2nd generation. As someone above said, i believe its because its their second moba.

        • OMGFrogz on December 25, 2013

          I think it’s because of how every other moba was marked for closed beta BEFORE 2010. Or so I think….
          Like how people say. “A generation of kids.”

          OR OR OR ORRRR!
          Heroes of Newerth was a game and had a baby with itself creating Strife? I don’t even know anymore.
          Damned game companies, stop creating terms and expecting people to understand what you mean.

  8. Treemanic on December 18, 2013

    Another MOBA to test out. But to be honest, only newbies in MOBA don’t know what to do and actually compete with their lane partners…

  9. Kingmode on December 18, 2013

    Mounted gg wp bitches <3