Dota 2 release pushed up

Valve scraps "dumb" plan to leave game in beta for a year, now intends to release it as soon as possible.

While Blizzard scrapped its original follow-up to the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients and is now rebuilding the effort from scratch, Valve's own successor to the mod, Dota 2, is going full-steam ahead. Today the publisher posted an update to the official Dota 2 blog saying that it has drastically reconsidered its original launch plans for the game and now hopes to release it much earlier.

Coming sooner than expected.

According to the post, Valve originally intended to keep the game in beta testing for a year or longer, until it had added enough new features and heroes to the game that it was on par with the original Defense of the Ancients. However, after careful consideration of gamer feedback, Valve "decided [the] original plan was dumb," the blog said.

The new plan will see the company launch Dota 2 as quickly as possible, with the core roster of heroes that was used for The International tournament held at Gamescom 2011 earlier this year. The beta will still be invite only for a time, but Valve is planning to provide a steady flow of updates with additional heroes and features.

Dota 2 combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game will run off of Valve's Source engine and include integrated voice chat, and computer-controlled characters will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions. These AI bots will also be available to play against in training matches, though Valve does not intend to create a single-player campaign for the game.

Dota 2 will also feature a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers. In return for their service, coaches will gain in-game glamour items and titles. These rewards can also be gained through creating interactive walkthrough guides and offering other out-of-game community contributions.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dota 2. To sign up for the beta (which requires Valve's Steam service), visit the game's official site.

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87 comments
Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

Love all the DOTA hate here. Bet they are the ones who'll pick it up on launch day lol.

burn6
burn6

So IceFrog got paid for DOTA, and for the sequel, nice!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@elancion I was watching my brother play Gears of War 3 in a game mode called Wingman. Some people had dropped out leaving bots. When each round started it became a fight over killing the bots for easy points to get in first place then they went for each other. Things like that hinder the game a bit unfortunately. Though there really is no great way to deal with things.

elancion
elancion

@Toysoldier34, lets hope that the developers are insightful enough to make sure no perks are earned from killing off an a.i controlled bot. im sure that many of us who have past experiences with other games that provided a.i controlled team members know that its a catch 22 (hit or miss) when it comes to this.

ggregd
ggregd

@As-21 Maybe the noob-unfriendly, hateful, impatient, critical, communities of those games?

reteip9
reteip9

what is this heresy valve is actually releasing something earlier than expected?

Boyszone
Boyszone

As a feed back there will be a huge Update for Dota2 beta in the End of the month

Boyszone
Boyszone

Releasing Dota 2 now with the beta testing , will be a disaster as i said befor Dota2 have so many flaws mechanichs , like from 6 hours Ago , they managed to Fix some heroes like : Nevermore , they fixed some issues about him Ex: his body , his lvl 1 ability Also the map is kinda small they need to Enlarge it especially in places where you go to the runes and Roshan and many things also i dont Encourage the idea of releasing Dota 2 now or even as a beta Dota2 the Dota Fans will think about it as a weak game

kenshingr
kenshingr

It seems that Valve releasing Dota 2 and CS:GO means they are focusing more on esport and less on traditional SP games like Half Life

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

With nowhere to go but down, the camera must SUBTRACT ten pounds for Gabe Newell...

brunorr
brunorr

Where is Yurnero and Huskar? Damn, they left out the coolest heroes.

As-21
As-21

If it wont be f2p dont see why to move from LOL HON to DOTA 2

keeperdude07
keeperdude07

Now that Blizzard announced a later release for Diablo III, everyone wants to release ASAP.

darkagent7
darkagent7

As a DotA veteran playing DotA for my primary and whole high school years (7 YEARS!!!) I wanted to tutor people for money... but "glamour items and titles"? Scrap that career, no ones going to pay for it =( also why can't they just release it NOW and update it like original DotA???

Boyszone
Boyszone

The gamers in Dota Saw many Flaws in the mechanics of Dota 2 but i doubt that the release date will be soon , still there is old and new heroes need to work on them and the UI , even our Team is still sending some Bugs report for Dota2 beta , Wich it need a high system requirement as Ex: if u put Lows quality for the textures ull see the color of the water is black ... ect ...ect

PointlessFool
PointlessFool

@BotZakafein Get to Summoner level 30, build a competent rune page and play about 100 games. Prior to then, you can't say anything about LoL because the game increases exponentially in complexity by then. Of course it's easier at level 1, the whole point is for newcomers to have as little to learn as possible in their first few games, and the matchmaking makes sure that they don't get slaughtered by high level players that have almost double the level 1 stats that they have through runes.

strayfies
strayfies

Given how tolerant online players are of bugs, this doesn't surprise me. They're too happy to report how long they've been a "veteran" of some game, prioritizing that over playing the game when it was actually good.

Phantomwedge
Phantomwedge

I'm not super excited about this to be honest, but on another note, wtf is with the "Epic" background music? Why does an interview need background music? It was distracting, as I spent a good 2 min. looking for the webpage or program on my computer that was emitting the noise.

MemberUnknown
MemberUnknown

If only the same logic could be applied to Half-Life Episode 3, then gamers could die with a smile upon their faces.

FLOWZMENTAL
FLOWZMENTAL

Just give me Half-Life 3 or Episode 3 whatever you're going to call it.

slikjohnson
slikjohnson

I have to agree with all the half-life fans. who cares about dota it already exists and its free I dont think anyone wants to pay for a game that came out during WC3 which I still find to be better than any of the spin-offs. For that matter F#ck WOW wheres WC4?

payne6705
payne6705

I personally think it should be scrapped friggin ADORE valve but League of Legends is completely free and has some of the guys who worked on the original Dota and is constantly updated and has quite few awards under its belt.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

been out of the dota scene for 2 years now.. i think i might go back when this gets released. i hope it has lan though, anyone knows if it has lan?

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I think this is going to be a lot of fun. So sue me.

PetoVaca
PetoVaca

Valve may have thought it's the end of the world at 2012..LOL.

BotZakafein
BotZakafein

@ Sigil-otaku I stopped reading at LoL player... you realize how much easier that game is compared to DoTA, or even HoN? Anyways, Valve time, how much 'faster' is it really going to be?

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

'Valve is planning to provide a steady flow of updates' Like you did with Half - Life? Make sure you do it quicker than that please Valve, also now the game will release with less characters than the original mod? I'm a league of legends player that wanted to give DoTA 2 a chance but overall I don't see the commitment to this title being very big. They planned a big beta that would see it get the content it needed to even match the original but decide to instead throw it out as soon as possible with less content and hope that's okay? Not to mention it didn't even seem ready when they presented it at the tournament such as animation and sound quality not even being up to par quite yet. Overall I am just not convinced Valve has handled the project well or that I should be interested.

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

Oh god oh god ghodu;hjsdnaig They have to be making Half Life 3 right now, they have to be.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

It's going to be pretty hard to match up League of Legends. I'm also not sure about the idea of substituting bots for players. In all likelihood that's just feeding the other team kills.

starduke
starduke

Then again, this is Valve we're talking about, I doubt they'd ever do anything half-donkied. It's either going to be really good, or totally donkied.

sagelund
sagelund

And if Valve does leave bugs in, chances are they will be fun. Nothing was better than eating a mini gun as a heavy.

starduke
starduke

Normally, I'm not to interested in games that are PVP based, but DOTA 2 actually looks interesting. The combination of RTS and action is what's interesting. I just hope Valve sticks with what they've said, and makes no single player campaign, since nothings worse then a game with half-donkied single player and multiplayer. To many games have had that. I think devs should just stick with one, and make the best game they can of that.

julzeverne
julzeverne

Why have a bunch of people beta test your software for free, when you can have people pay good money to beta test your software! Screw customers, we have money to make!

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

Hey, how about bumping up some more Half-Life while you're at it? Pwetty pwease?

shachmon
shachmon

LOL "...Valve is going full-steam ahead...". Pun intended? But seriously, I think keeping it in beta for a year is a good thing, even if it's semi-closed - I don't want to buy a game and THEN download updates all the friggen year. Hopefully it's not a trick to make us buy the follow-up new/not-on-release characters as DLC. Right?

Sam39150
Sam39150

If Blizzard pushed the release date for Diablo 3, then I bet people will think its the apocalypse :b

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

This trying to steal the thunder back from LoL dominion?

billy_chung_min
billy_chung_min

really wanna try this good graphic dota. always complaining bout the first dota when playing it with my brother :)

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I just read the blog, and there may be less need to worry about unresolved bugs or unimplemented features in the final release of DOTA 2 than the news may suggest. The blog says, "We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can." It then goes on to talk about how the game will remain in invitation-only beta stage for a while longer with regular new updates, and how gamers could share their gameplay experience without restriction. There is no definite information about paid-to-play mass release.

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Wait if Valve time is reversed then that means the Valve time for HL Ep. 3 will collide with the retrogressing one and cause a singularity in the space time continuum thus DESTROYING TIME AND SPACE AS WE KNOW IT!

Shawn45
Shawn45

@therealsomeguy Huh... That... is very weird.

Poodger
Poodger

i have played so much League of Legends... to the point of sickness. I am utterly spent in the Moba genre. Shame too, I was SUPER excited for this game a couple months back, now I am trying to stay as far away from MOBA games as possible.

BornGamer
BornGamer

If they don't make this F2P I won't touch it.

toddx77
toddx77

Is this how valve time does daylight savings lol?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@elancion Only if the A.I is good will having bots take over for leavers be good. In LOL if a bot replaced someone that is worse than 4v5 unless that bot is worth no gold so it cant just feed.