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Valve developing free-to-play game, DOTA 2 suspected

Valve is reportedly eyeing its own piece of the free-to-play (F2P) pie. In an interview with French game gaming site Barre De Vie (Life Bar), the studio's PR boss Doug Lombardi reflected on the state of microtransactional gaming, and responded with a vague “Yes” when asked point blank if Valve was planning to join the F2P party in an official capacity.

“In some regions of the world, F2P games are already more [popular] than the traditional games,” said Lombardi in the translated quote, continuing, “This trend continues for some time and we believe that it will continue. There are still other F2P [features] to come in steam with use of micro-transactions.”

Valve paved the way for F2P transactions on its Steam online digital distribution service last September when it introduced the Steam Wallet. Last week, Valve introduced five F2P titles of note, including Global Agenda and Champions Online, to its Steam catalogue, so it's only natural the studio would be seeking a use for it beyond buying funny hats or incremental additions to existing retail games. Lombardi offered no further details about what Valve’s upcoming F2P title will be. However, Valve may have already tipped its hand last October when it announced it was working on a sequel to the popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients, for release on PCs and Macs sometime in 2011.

DOTA 2 seems as good a project as any to go F2P, no? In a recent interview with Develop Online, Valve’s Gabe Newell also floated the idea of rewarding players who are well-liked in the Team Fortress 2 community with a free copy of DOTA 2.

Jun 20, 2011

[Source: Barre De Vie via Eurogamer]



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8 comments

  • lozarian - June 22, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    @soulhunter 9/10, would read again, I needed that, thank you. LoL is to dota what warm milk is to a strong black coffee.
  • Van - February 19, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Playing LoL and then getting access to Dota 2's beta reminded me why I chose to play Dota for so many years. Dota 2 trumps LoL in so many ways: quality-wise, feature-wise, detail-wise, presentation-wise, and has a larger pool of mechanics, hero abilities and item designs. If Dota 2 is free-to-play, LoL will be Runescape and Dota 2 would be WOW.
  • Asmodean - June 21, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    ya now that portal 2 is out I don't want to here anything about valve unless it's HL related: they need to get of the genius asses and get the game rolling. After 4 years of development on a game that was supposed to an episodic installment is quickly going into Duke Forever vaporware territory.
  • Soulhunter - June 21, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Dota 2 already exists its called League of Legends, check it out, its free to play also and available now!
  • Van - February 19, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    Most shallow comment ever. LoL is a stream-lined Dota experience that has turned into a cash cow. Dota 2 is actually the true sequel as it is at the core, the very same game as Dota 1 - the same game that 12 to 14 million people still play. Quality wise, Dota 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LoL
  • RedOutlive10 - June 20, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Valve employees should just shut the fuck up unless it's about Ep 3.
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 20, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    I don't care whatr it is, I'll play anything that Valve pumps out!
  • Pocotron - June 20, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    It will obviously be Episode 3. It will be multiplayer and the main objective is collecting hats. Obviously.

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