Valve announces DotA 2, plans to give it the Team Fortress 2 treatment

Valve has just announced plans for DotA 2, the first official sequel to the much-played Defense of the Ancients custom map for Warcraft III. The anonymous developer of the custom scenario, IceFrog, is also involved with DotA 2, which is scheduled to release in 2011 for the PC and Mac.

Since the first version of DotA was released in 2003, the custom scenario has continued to gain popularity. It has won numerous awards and is often featured at competitive gaming tournaments. Several commercial spin-offs based on DotA, like League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, have been released.

Above: DotA fan art by Artemis_HoTA

Speaking to Game Informer, project lead Erik Johnson explained that Valve plans to give DotA 2 the Team Fortress 2 treatment, providing players with an active community and lots and lots of updates to keep the game fresh. "I think the interesting thing is us adding a second layer where the community is a service to each other. That's the real shift that we're trying to build here,” says Johnson. “Valve is going to keep building software around Dota and around the community and around Steamworks for Dota, but we're also going to build this system where the community can bring service to each other and be recognized for it.”

With a built-in base of DotA fans numbering in the millions, we expect DotA 2 to thrive under the direction of IceFrog and Valve.

Oct 13, 2010

Source: Game Informer 


  • Spankks - October 16, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    @Spartan 1 1 7 I never said I played any original games, in fact there pretty much are none at the moment, I'm just saying why doesn't valve decide to pull finger and do some actual work.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - October 14, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    Nips nips nips nips
  • xerroz - October 14, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    its gonnna be a horrible mess
  • dbleja - October 14, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Yeah, nice, whatever. But won't you please quit screwin' around and just make Half Life 2 Episode 3 and Half Life 3 already, dammit!
  • Slaanash - October 14, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    This is going to be so horrible. At least this'll remind me to play Warcraft 3 more often..
  • ZakanSparta - October 14, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    Ever since that twitter spoiler about it, I can't wait to hear more about this game. LoL's netcode is simply atrocious, making me leave the game even if I love the rest of it. HoN is slow and deliberately punishing to yourself, which I find a strange choise. Plus, after LoL the heroes and skills are boring and flat. I'm very excited, and will sure give DOTA2 a try. One thing is alarming me - most Steam games using netcode that limits normal gameplay to your area, so for me in Isreal that will mean that Europe will have 150-250ms lag, meaning no-game or added handicup. If they will do something like BF-BC2's server system, that eddectively nullifies 100ms differense, that would be simply great.
  • sharkweek - October 14, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    Yay! Maybe people will host GOOD custom games on Warcraft 3 again when this comes out.
  • Kiba640 - October 14, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    Oh goody... DotA 2. It's not that I hate it. It's just that 50% of the games on Warcraft 3 is DotA. Leaving the entire screen filled with DotA games and maybe 2 or 3 non DotA games.I would of liked it more if the people who play it wouldn't take it so seriously. Getting kicked out of matches just because you didn't know how to play and such. I'm just hoping that once DotA 2 comes the regular DotA in the Warcraft 3 custom matches will die off a bit.
  • JPorFavor - October 14, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Well then, goodbye, League Of Legends.
  • Amnesiac - October 14, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    This is NOT first person.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 13, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    @Ravenbom I'm assuming that's sarcasm. In which case, don't worry dude, it's fanart. Fanart is notorious for doing that to games... in fact, doesn't GR have a page devoted entirely to "sexy" fanart?
  • Amnesiac - October 13, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Oh god yes!
  • Spankks - October 13, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    Will valve ever make an original game?
  • AnonymouZ - October 13, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    tits ARE the center of the universe. <---period. also... yeah... i guess i wasted my money when i got HoN. but... at least it gave me a year headstart to play on valve's dota. ;)
  • Crabhand - October 13, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    @NightCrawler_358 I'm honestly surprised Blizzard hasn't done this already. It's not like they didn't have plenty of time to take notice and seal the deal, but I think it's better off in Valve's hands, they are a bit better at cultivating a community. By the by, I dislike DotA. Good luck trying to learn that game in this day, all you'll get is pissed off people who complain because you don't know the ins and outs of every single aspect. I might have liked it more if all of the players weren't tremendous douches.
  • Van - February 19, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    You seem to overexaggerate. I like that.
  • Ravenbom - October 13, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    It's always great to see posters centered around tits. I hope gameplay is the same.
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 13, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    Valve is very smart for always hiring the developers of the most popular mod creators. good thing they jumped on it before Blizzard, otherwise DotA 2 wouldn't be out til like 2017 haha
  • StrayGator - October 13, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    Oh yeah, I can picture a "Meet the Gorgon" trailer surfacing in a few months.
  • FelNaRj - October 13, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    F!"#CK i started playing LoL xD i guess after DotA 2 , LOL is dead xD

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