Valve says no Dota 2 Diretide this year was "clearly a mistake"

"Telling you that you weren't getting it at all wouldn’t have really helped much," says Valve.

Valve has announced that Halloween-themed Dota 2 event Diretide will be returning to the game in its next update.

The company first unveiled Diretide in 2012, and the candy-collecting seasonal event was well-received by players. Many Dota 2 players expected Valve to feature another Diretide event this year, but the event did not happen and Valve did not comment.

Now, writing on the Dota 2 blog, Valve says its choice to not include a Diretide event this year was "clearly a mistake" that was compounded by the developer not communicating with players.

"Whenever we make a significant mistake, we spend a bunch of time looking at what happened, why it happened, and how we can fix it. Most of the time we do this privately, but in our recent mistake around Diretide, we felt sharing our analysis with you made sense."

Explaining why the company had originally intended to not feature Diretide this year, Valve said that "we have a huge update in the works that looked like it would be finished in time for Halloween" and that "stopping that update to work on Diretide seemed like something you would actually be unhappy with us for, because the update is pretty significant. More on that later."

Because the work on a Dota 2 seasonal event is not "trivial," and because much of the game's code has changed since last year, Valve did not plan to feature the event this year. "We made the decision a while ago, and failed to employ our usual process of regularly asking ourselves whether we were still on the right track."

"There were a bunch of people on the Dota 2 team who poked at the decision to not do it as Halloween approached, but due to how busy everyone was with our next major update, no-one really took the time to step back and objectively realise we were being collectively crazy," the company adds.

Valve says it "underestimated" how much the Dota 2 community wanted to see a Diretide this year, and then explained why it did not communicate the absence of the mode to players. "You were already mad and disappointed in the lack of Diretide," says Valve. "Telling you that you weren't getting it at all wouldn't have really helped much. Now we started thinking in terms not of 'what should we say?', but in terms of 'what should we do?'"

With the work on the game's next update now in "final testing," the team is now working on incorporating Diretide. Valve says the next Dota 2 update will be "pretty significant" for the game, and that it has also made a few changes to the Diretide mode that will make it more fun than it was in 2012.

"Paying attention to what is happening in the community around Dota 2 is one of the most important aspects of what we do at Valve," concluded the Dota 2 developer. "And while we are clearly not mistake-proof, hopefully it is useful for us to walk everyone through our process for recognizing and then fixing our mistakes."

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36 comments
Pororong
Pororong

does the patch include techies?

fika
fika

Best game ever.

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

Dota 2 sucks. Waiting for Blizzard BRAWLER.

vadagar1
vadagar1

frankly I only care about updates that add heroes ...meh


and fix the god damn pixel fest zeus model .... that thing looks like a model from the 1980s.

a lot of heroes in the game need some balance/update.... some of the models look like utter crap, viper, zeus....etc really are the guys at valve so lazy they cant fix the in game models... fuck I can do it in a few days with ZERO pay...

Lenoh
Lenoh

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Well, this year gamers actually were able to play the freaking game instead of childish mindless farming.

Dejanji
Dejanji

What did that stupid video reading comments have to do with the news post..?

Was it supposed to be funny or something..?  Couldn't stop looking at his stupid hair...

SKaREO
SKaREO

Valve's childish fans began spamming "DIRETIDE 2013" on Volvo's Facebook page. I guess if they whine enough they'll get what they want. Valve fans are such spoiled children, they make gamers look bad.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

I normally like Valve, but there's nothing here that adds any value or improves the situation/company image.

dpclark
dpclark

FeedEjacula is a self absorbed low-life.  I don't know why GameSpot tolerates such trash.

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

FK THAT I GOT EXAMS NEXT WEEK !!! WHHHHHHHHYYYYY ????!!!!!!!!!

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

"And while we always want the community to tell us exactly how we're doing, this is probably a good time to stop cc'ing innocent car manufacturers with your messages."


Saved by Volvo

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

No Half of Life in the last 6 years was and still is a mistake as well.

xKnees
xKnees

@Xatsuna Have you ever even played dota 2. Its a fantastic game

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@Xatsuna I really hope Heroes of the storm will be as good as it looks because even though I like Dota 2, its kinda stale for me now.

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

@vadagar1 They copied the models from Warcraft 3 [Blizzard game]. Why you expect them to do better.
They copied everything from Warcraft 3 models.

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

@SKaREO How can you consider them spoiled when they were asking for something that was promised to them? Do you even know the meaning of 'spoiled', son?

Ninbri64
Ninbri64

@eyeball2452 how about they didn't have to respond to this at all and you sound like a typical entitled gamer?

xKnees
xKnees

@electroban no just no. Why the are you even on a Dota 2 page when all your gonna do it promote other trash MOBA's such as leauge.I have played both games and can tell you dota 2 is better in every way, shape and form and its actually a challange not an easy game like leuage.

MigGui
MigGui

@naryanrobinson @pip3dream they said "huge update" to dota, not huge new game. it isn't even the same team that does dota or half life, why would a halloween event for dota impact half life?

rupti
rupti

@Aelfredus It wasn't promised, and that response was pretty childish I guess, but I found it hilarious, and it even ended up working!
So yay, we get Diretide