Dota 2 to be released this summer

Free-to-play sequel launching in full in North America and Europe later this summer, Valve confirms.

Valve's free-to-play sequel to the genre-defining, worldwide popular competitive title Defense of The Ancients--Dota 2--will be released in full in North America and Europe this Summer, Valve's VP of marketing Doug Lombardi has told GameSpot.

Lombardi confirms a PC Gamer UK report that Dota 2, which has been in an official Beta state since September 13, 2011, will come out before this year's The International 3 competition, held August 7-11 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Valve told GameSpot that it will release more details in the next week or two.

"Dota 2 being officially released to the public acts as the next step for Valve in shipping the finished Dota 2 project," said David "GoDZ" Parker, Dota 2 Broadcaster for The BTS Studio. "While anyone interested in obtaining a beta key and playing the game could have already done so with minimal work, having the ease of play that being public brings will make it a true free-to-play game in the ARTS/MOBA genre."

Less than three weeks ago, Dota saw one of its largest updates in the form of patch 6.78, including various changes to Captain’s Mode, and balance changes to nearly 75 percent of the heroes. "These big patches allow for the meta to remain constantly fresh and helps separate the teams in terms of how well they can react to the changes," Matthew "Cyborgmatt" Bailey said. "It is one of the reasons why Dota is so loved."

At the same time Nexon, Valve's distributor of Dota 2 in South Korea, has announced it will put up $1.7 million in prize money for the launch of the game in the eSports-centric nation. Nexon's release of Dota 2 in South Korea, much like Perfect World’s release in China, will focus on developing infrastructure for local servers. Nexon will begin with a starter league tournament, with the winning Korean team getting travel and lodging to attend The International 3 as VIP spectators. Nexon is shooting for a fall release in South Korea.

"Dota 2 is a phenomenal game with elements of strategy and competition that has already garnered much fame in North America and Europe," Valve’s Director of Dota 2 Erik Johnson said. "With the help of Nexon and its experience in the Korean market we hope to have great success."

GameSpot will have an exclusive interview with Nexon on the release of Dota 2 in South Korea later this week.

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hellzone22
hellzone22

Can anyone send me an invite to DOTA 2 ?

mysteam id : hellzone

mail: hellzone@mynet.com

euan6boy3
euan6boy3

I was wondering if I could get a Invite to dota 2 I would very much like to try the game and i would be very thank-full Steam name is: I Ate The Soap

Miroslav4o
Miroslav4o

Everyone who wishes to try dota 2 just find my Steam profile: Shepperd and send me Fr reqests i will send you a gifts ^^

Miroslav4o
Miroslav4o

Mercifulyet add Shepperd in steam i can give you a gift i have about 30 :D


Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

I find this article slightly humorous since most people already play the game and is one of the most played games on Steam.

Don't have a copy? Just ask at TF2 or someplace, people are willing to GIVE those copies away. XD

MercifulYet
MercifulYet

Anybody has a dota invite I could have? pwease<3


moniso
moniso

OP heroes:

Pudge: Im standing in peace and then I get hooked from nowhere to get my ass carved in 5 sec.

PL: yes more of the same, especially teamed with Meepo and Naga siren

ODevourer: suck my intelligence

Blood seeker: rupture + forcestaff = win

Sniper: :/

and Gyro...

DarpSyX
DarpSyX

I have like 20 dota invites

monker490
monker490

I have 30 dota 2 keys. Just pm me on steam or gamespot. steam id : ibresam1

zico_mahilary
zico_mahilary

Got free dota2 invites. let me know if anyone wants. add me on steam.. account name: porkoholic.

Falru
Falru

Everyone's still waiting for Goblin Techies with bated breath.

tslowiak
tslowiak

I love reading the comments of OP heroes.... so many facepalms haha.

Hilux-
Hilux-

viper still overpowered... good to hear though.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

I need to get back on playing Dota 2 again. Sadly I was on a long hiatus because I was on a big losing streak. :(

armin0jrpg
armin0jrpg

and If You want DOTA 2 just PM me!

armin0jrpg
armin0jrpg

Playin the Beta, AWESOME

like more than LoL

ajalswan
ajalswan

still no released my fav hero goblin techies

EndlessMunkee
EndlessMunkee

It's a shame Valve has ruined Dota and made it a real casual game. 

Fastex
Fastex

Whoever wants DOTA2 Invites... PM me  :)

n3ov
n3ov

Can anyone PM a Dota 2 beta key?

oflow
oflow

wonder how Chaos Online stacks up to this?

oflow
oflow

please ad a way to remap the UI controls.  Ya, ya, yah pros get used to the standard UI. I dont care and I have a razor naga and would like to remap the controls.

jjrichins
jjrichins

@Miroslav4o Could you send me an invite to DOTA 2 also if it is not too much trouble? jjrichins on steam.


DarpSyX
DarpSyX

steam ID darpsyx of course sorry xP

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@Hilux-  Viper is viper... and he's not OP the OP heroes r chaos .. phantom lancer.. gyro.. oh and u should see skywrath's ult 1200 damage u'll love it :) 

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@armin0jrpg  if u play LoL dont play dota2 or at least dont tell any1 that u play LoL ... u'll be an outcast they'll kill u

tslowiak
tslowiak

@EndlessMunkee you realize its become the biggest esport in the world within the past year right...... passed starcraft 2 in prize money just this past month

Krauklis
Krauklis

@oflow I have put some of the spells on my mouse with no problems like the Q one, and I don't even have a real gaming mouse.

xOpt1kal
xOpt1kal

@oflow You can remap the controls...try looking in options. If it doesn't let you set them there, you might have to directly set them in an autoexec.cfg.