Valve is developing DotA 2
Posted: 14.10.2010 11:55 by Simon Priest Comments: 6
Super popular online real-time strategy game Defence of the Ancients is getting a sequel developed by Valve, and it runs on the Source engine.

It sticks with the cartoony visuals despite the upgrades and features voice chat and a new coaching system for newbs to get tutored by DotA veterans.

Defence of the Ancients is a mod or 'custom scenario' for Blizzard's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, with developer IceFrog appointed as the custodian for the still running community made game. Valve has IceFrog lending assistance with DotA 2.

Defence of the Ancients 2 releases on PC and Mac next year. Excited?

Source: GameInformer
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By YouriRevenn (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 14, 2010
Hmmm, sounds interresting.
By Knave (SI Core) on Oct 14, 2010
From the looks of it, it seems more like a remake than an out and out sequel. I never played DotA, but from what I understand there are some 100 different characters.

I think my main concern is how they are going to help bring this game to be newbie-friendly. This is a game where the other team is rewarded if you or your team mates suck, leading to many hostile players who are unwilling to help or even play with "n00bs". Not to mention the sheer number of character builds which would probably take quite a while to master or even learn about.
By Ridgy (SI Core Member) on Oct 14, 2010
I feel sorry for the original creators as they're not making anything out of this.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 14, 2010
Well the original creators have moved on to "League of Legends" so I don't feel sorry for them at all...they're living the dream all modders have - to be employed.
You may be right, Knave on several points. I am still interested in seeing what Valve do as I've played DoTA quite a bit.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 15, 2010
Haven't played DotA - this could be a first try at it if it is STEAM friendly and wallet friendly...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 16, 2010
I know they used the Source Engine for "Alien Swarm" but I just don't know how it will work for top-down gamepley as it most commonly seen in FPS's. Could be good. Have to wait and see some screenshots.