Valve wants Dota 2 on tablets

Gabe Newell says initial tests of upcoming free-to-play MOBA game on tablets "kind of a disappointment," but advancements in tech reason to be hopeful.

Valve wants to bring Dota 2 to tablets. Company boss Gabe Newell told Kotaku that a tablet version of the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game is one of the "interesting projects" that the company is currently working on, though initial tests have left much to be desired.

"We were working on getting Dota 2 running on some tablets," Newell said. "That ended up being kind of a disappointment. But the good news is that tablets are getting faster very quickly, so I think we'll get the kind of performance we want and other game developers want in the near future."

Dota 2 is scheduled for release on PC and Mac. The game combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game will include integrated voice chat and computer-controlled characters that will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions, as well as a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers.

For more on Dota 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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dmarkonije
dmarkonije

I dont even consider tablets as a gaming platform. for me, keyboard + mouse (sometimes gamepad) is the only weapon.

edinko
edinko

I dont play MOBAS but i cant imagine how anyone would want to play a game like this with clunky touch controls and obscur your screen with your fingers.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

I have a MOBA game on my smartphone called Legendary Heroes. Honestly, it doesn't work very well. The main problem is related to the controls and is the same as with a lot of games on smartphones and tablets -- your finger gets in the way. I guess this would be less of a problem on a tablet than a smart phone. I don't own a tablet, but if they make DOTA 2 work well on one, I'll probably buy one. As Piccard would say, make it so!

SwimSwimHungry
SwimSwimHungry

If they think It's capable of running on tablets then why don't they port it to the WiiU as well?

tgwolf
tgwolf

What, you can't nerf your graphics like some games attrition worthwhile play features and mechanics? Oh poor you...

ZetA_LatA
ZetA_LatA

Valve once again trying to push that envelope. Sure serious gaming will come to tablets but not for a little while. Dota 2 on a tablet would be interesting, but I think as it stands tablets can't keep up with the intricate nature of this very unforgiving moba lol.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I don't personally see this as being playable on a touch screen device... I could be wrong, but I doubt I'd want to try it.

501stormtrooper
501stormtrooper

Well, they did say that the initial tests were rather disappointing. At least they didn't force it to work or anything, that would just end up in a unidentifiable pile of mess.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Something about playing games on tablets and phones makes them inherently less fun, even on those rare occasions when the controls work properly.

zico_mahilary
zico_mahilary

lol .. ultra pro game for ultra noobs...

this means only one thing... MORE FARM!!

Pride_of_Hiigar
Pride_of_Hiigar

Hmm.. interesting to see how the controls would be like. Its next to impossible to replace microing and stuff, but if anyone an find an innovative solution its valve.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

that would be very popular im sure but how would u play it properly and why would u want to play it on a tablet?

i hope they at least keep the tablet players away from the pc players!

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

I feel like DOTA is definitely not a noob friendly game, let alone a game to play on a tablet.

vault-boy
vault-boy

It could work extremely easily. Its pretty damn easy, really, just make it so you can chose if your willing to play with people on other platforms or not considering it will be harder for tablets and its done. I think its less about it being a bad idea and more about angry nerds bitching to bitch because bitching is fun, especially when your bitching for the sake of bitching. 

cipo89
cipo89

Jesus Christ that will be hard as balls to play. Basically screen placement, control groups, movement and pretty much everything else will be hard as balls to pull off on  a tablet. And Certain heroes like Chen or Meepo would be impossible to play.

baxwam
baxwam

Am I the only person in the world who HATES dota? 

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

I just don't know how it would control.

 

Also it would probably be akin to playing CS on PC with a gamepad.  Sure you could do it, but prepared to get assfucked for the entire game.

dkdk999
dkdk999

While that would be great, how the hell would I compete with people using mouse and keyboard ?

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

This game is so great. The only problem so far, is valves glacial pace at updating the game. Still lots of missing heroes, and balances needed. But theres already a great amount of content for sale. And they do seasonal events! If this game ever comes out, and has an in depth tutorial for the newbies, it should be a 10/10. LOL has nothin on this. 

Birabira
Birabira

It's most likely for the spectator client guys.

Efix484
Efix484

What about no...we have enough noobs in dota alrdy we dont need ppl trying to play on tablet on top of that....

 

livewired1
livewired1

Surface Pro + BT mouse + DOTA 2 = perfect gaming on the go

SqueakierShip87
SqueakierShip87

There is already a moba on the tablet knows as heroes of order and chaos....it's decent.

Moneyddragon
Moneyddragon

Valve wants Dota 2 on tablets, mmmmmmmmmm how that work without keyborad + mouse and hot-key .............

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

I don't blame Valve. Reaching bigger markets is better than being stuck on a dying market known as PC.

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

The first thing to come to mind when I read the title of the article was the tagline "Griefing on the go!". Does that make me a bad person? :3

mnoi
mnoi

this would be a cool idea, but u 100% need a keyboard attachment as 12+ hotkeys on a tablet are not feasible 

n8b1979
n8b1979

      As a true gamer I approve of every possible way to play games. Remember when board games were fun? You don't have to be hardcore to have a great time. I was skeptical of playing any games on a  tablet myself but I have had a blast on my iPad 4th gen.

 

     I have to say the only reason I have this iPad is because it was a gift, however after having used this for a while now I can say I'd buy one. 2 words....... Baldur's Gate.

 

     It seems a lot of tablet hate is really coming from people who do not even use tablets. I would love to play DoTa on a tablet myself and I play it on PC as well.

 

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

 @dmarkonije Totally agree. I can't imagine a controller scheme for a touchscreen that would be feasible for something that is as fast paced as Dota, which is heavily dependent on fast hotkeys and clicking.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @bakasora That sounds like a better and more interesting game title than Warface, lol.

501stormtrooper
501stormtrooper

 @baxwam I see no reason to hate DoTA. It's free to play, NOT pay to win, more or less balanced, interesting gameplay (one of the first MOBA game), and has about a gajillion heroes to play with.

 

Except for (most of) the community though. Sometimes people can be a real ***** even when you are playing well. 

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @dkdk999 Make it so you can opt to play with only other tablet or other PC users if you want to. It wouldn't be that hard at all, just have it detect what platform your running on and have a checkbox. Other than that its just same basic scripts use to weed out people on different platforms. Its not that difficult and if the developers are worth a shit they will implement it (assuming this ever actually happens). I don't really like DOTA/LoL but I could see myself enjoying it on a tablet (if I had a tablet that is).

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Epicurus-Reborn 10/10? So you want me to believe that this game is next to flawless is just about every way and that maybe half a dozen other games are on par with it in the universe? I highly doubt its a 10/10 game my friend. 

greek5
greek5

 @Mr_BillGates Where is your evidence of this? or do you just say that because you read it on some forum?

 

hobotech64
hobotech64

 @Mr_BillGates Except that the PC market is better than ever and very much alive.  Of course, Bill Gates would know that.

RippleLaser
RippleLaser

 @n8b1979 Tablet is not a good platform for 'core' gamers, gimmicky gyro controls, unresponsiveness due to lack of physical buttons, and the majority of games on tablets are too shallow to be called a game(running and jumping forever is not a game)

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @hobotech64  @Mr_BillGates or Game Newell because he is the only billionaire in the industry and nobody else is even close to that. I don't even know if there's anyone with half his net worth in the industry (that is only in video gaming and nothing else, of course).

virusqg
virusqg

 @RippleLaser  sure it is, but i guess thats where a difference of opinion on what a core gamer actually is... to me a "core" gamer would want to be playing any kind of game at any time of day possible, and tablets have brought that world closer to us. Ya theres vita, and ds, but for those who use the tablets for more then just games get that extra option. shlt i sit playing a game on my phone while i'm waiting for a level to load on my pc game or xbox.  

KyserisGreat
KyserisGreat

 @GamerMani  @96augment  @Mr_BillGates GamerMani......I find it odd that your posting with a WoW avatar yet are claiming that PC gaming is dying? yet the net profit for the PC industry has been growing, where as consoles are slowly declining. Valve released Big Picture which still uses the PC as a medium and means of delivery, and it works......Consoles on the other had have been losing on profit margin's as they rely on Game sales rather then hardware sales to be profitable, which as time goes on gets worse for the Console makers. Fact is, the console gamers one day are going to be dragged into the PC either kicking or screaming or being oblivious to the fact their console really is just a simple PC.

96augment
96augment

 @GamerMani  Valve made millions off Half Life and Half Life 2 when they were just on the PC. They made even more money with Steam. Launching a console (if they do it) just means that they would want a bigger audience.

RippleLaser
RippleLaser

 @mgaroz  @n8b1979 Mario can do way more than jump and run. "Games" I talked about that's the only things you can do, can't even stop.