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Valve: DOTA 2 release in 2012

Valve: DOTA 2 release in 2012

At GamesCom 2011 Valve has confirmed that it won't release DOTA 2 until next year at the earliest.

Valve founder Gabe Newell has confirmed that the developer doesn't plan to release upcoming strategy game DOTA 2 until 2012 at the earliest.

This is in spite of previous plans Valve had for releasing the game this year.

An invitation-only beta is planned to follow the GamesCom 2011 show in Cologne, however.

'We'll just go into progressively wider and wider distribution. I don't think it'll be shipped until next year,' said Newell.

'[But then] with a game like this, you just keep shipping. You add new heroes. You try out new game modes. You are constantly tweaking item and hero balance. It's very much an ongoing thing.'

DOTA 2 has been playable on the show floor at GamesCom 2011, but only for teams invited to compete in Valve's tournament, called The International.

Regarding the business model that Valve will use for the game, Newell said admitted to Eurogamer that Valve 'don't have a plan'.

'For us now, this tournament is a really good step. A bunch of the features we're building in the design of Dota 2 related to being able to put on a tournament like this. There's a bunch of stat stuff. There's a bunch of website development, support for simultaneous, four-language broadcasting.'

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Check our GamesCom 2011 news hub for all the information from Cologne this year.

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mrbens 18th August 2011, 23:35 Quote
Never even heard of it. Had to check the wiki as the original isn't on Steam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Ancients
zimbloggy 18th August 2011, 23:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
Never even heard of it. Had to check the wiki as the original isn't on Steam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Ancients

Me neither. This article really could have used a little blurb to explain what the game is, or at least what the acronym stands for.
ssj12 19th August 2011, 05:50 Quote
So Valve is screwing themselves over with League of Legends releasing Dominion and even more champions and enhancements. bad game Valve, bad game Valve.
wafflesomd 19th August 2011, 06:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by zimbloggy
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Originally Posted by mrbens
Never even heard of it. Had to check the wiki as the original isn't on Steam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Ancients

Me neither. This article really could have used a little blurb to explain what the game is, or at least what the acronym stands for.

Go read about it? I supposed they should have a little blurb explaining what type of game BF3 is as well.

I don't think valve is screwing themselves by taking the time to make a good game. I don't particularly care about LoL all new map (singular)
Fujukami 19th August 2011, 08:11 Quote
Well out of what I've seen in the tournament so far, can't say I'm impressed.
At this time it actually looks bland and unpolished. Doesn't even come close to Heroes of Newerth.
proxess 19th August 2011, 09:42 Quote
I was getting worried Valve was going to release something on time.
Paradigm Shifter 19th August 2011, 11:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Go read about it? I supposed they should have a little blurb explaining what type of game BF3 is as well.

It would at least be nice to know what the acronym stands for in the body of the article. They didn't call Modern Warfare 3 "MW3". Or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "CS:GO". Just calling it Defence of the Ancients once would have been enough.
mrbens 19th August 2011, 12:14 Quote
This trend of calling games by the initials is very annoying if you don't game often and don't have hours a week to spend reading about all the new games.
Phalanx 19th August 2011, 12:18 Quote
Or the 10 seconds it takes to Google, I know ;)
Edwards 19th August 2011, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
This trend of calling games by the initials is very annoying if you don't game often and don't have hours a week to spend reading about all the new games.

The original game was called Defense of the Ancients (abbreviated to DotA). However, this new game is actually called Dota 2 as it is what the original game was called by the players more than anything, Icefrog has stated this explicitly.
wafflesomd 19th August 2011, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
This trend of calling games by the initials is very annoying if you don't game often and don't have hours a week to spend reading about all the new games.

Hours? Slow reader I guess.

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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Go read about it? I supposed they should have a little blurb explaining what type of game BF3 is as well.

It would at least be nice to know what the acronym stands for in the body of the article. They didn't call Modern Warfare 3 "MW3". Or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "CS:GO". Just calling it Defence of the Ancients once would have been enough.

It's not like dota is new or anything. If you were really interested in it you would be playing one of the three current dota incarnations.
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