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Dota 2 Announced – Developed By Valve and IceFrog

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And its a wholesale conversion to an improved Source engine. All 100 odd heroes and current gameplay dynamics will feature practically unchanged, which is exactly what the players want. While the “dota-clones” have come and gained traction, none have usurped DotA’s throne since they deviated from what made DotA as special as it is.

This is quite possibly the best news a DotA fan could have ever hoped for. As the resident Lazygamer DotA nerd, I am stoked.

Announced today via a Gameinfomer reveal that has brought the site to its knees, Dota 2 is coming in 2011 and Valve are going to be giving it the treatment it deserves. Since DotA originates from Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, its development has always been limited by the 10-year-old Warcraft 3 engine, as well as frankly terrible netcode.

Dota 2 is going to run through Steam, which is awesome, and is powered by the versatile Source engine. As IceFrog has constantly pushed the gameplay mechanics of DotA forward, the development at Valve is concentrating on making it look and play better, facilitating a better online experience through built-in voice chat (very important in DotA) and AI bots to take over from disconnected played, and teaching new gamers how to play this notoriously complex game.

New players will have interactive guides at their disposal, and there will be a mentoring system where an experienced player will personally help a newbie through the intricacies of the game. The biggest deterrents for new players are the difficulty curve, and the communities view that a newbie is a liability to a team. These new features will help change that.

By the way, if you think DotA isn’t that big a deal, it has an estimated 7 – 11 million players, excluding China

Dota 2 will take over my life, and I cannot wait for it.

Coincidentally, DotA 6.69 came out yesterday. GET!

Last Updated: October 14, 2010


  1. Killing Spree

    October 14, 2010 at 15:19

    are u sure??ohhh i cant wait!!!
    lets get it on!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Dota 2

    October 14, 2010 at 16:32

    I’m really pumped up for this, Valve is awesome.


  3. BreakyCPK

    October 14, 2010 at 16:35

    Currently enjoying HON. I personally think Dota2 will fail though. Dota is only popular since it is “free’ if Valve is goning to be charging to play Dota2 than almost no one will make the jump from Dota to Dota2


  4. Uncle

    October 14, 2010 at 19:47

    Dota bored me and I couldn’t get into HON. But I’ll def try Dota 2 🙂


  5. s1mb4

    October 15, 2010 at 08:02



  6. bboy

    October 15, 2010 at 09:21

    Oh geezuz, this is awesome!


  7. bboy

    October 15, 2010 at 09:26

    Time will tell – personally HON wasn’t great, ironically it felt like an anti-dota community and it was like the people you played with didn’t like the game – they were just enjoying not getting pwned in actual dota, also hardly anyone would chat, where’s the trash talk?

    …Oh and LOL is a joke, seriously, responds like a flash game with sprites and feels like it’s for tweens and grandmas.

    Get your fanboi hats one, i’m got mine and it says ‘DotA 2’ 😛


  8. Alexander

    October 17, 2010 at 14:43

    Id love to play this… if I have to pay for it… then valve and icefrog can kiss my ass. Dota has always been free.. and it always should be.


  9. Karl Thomson

    October 17, 2010 at 15:53

    I can guarantee that it will cost you something.


  10. bboyisdumb

    October 17, 2010 at 22:20

    You are retarded if you want them to not charge. Even I want to support icefrog and valve by buying the game. You can go play free stuff. Idiot


  11. SkullKIng_Q

    October 24, 2010 at 19:01

    I cant wait to see it, just hope it would be free online gameing as dota is now on B.net…


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