Dota 2 Will Get a Full, Official Release Later This Year

Valve’s sequel to the popular Warcraft 3 mod and prime competitor to League of Legends, Dota 2, will be exiting beta this summer. The game, which is more or less open to every gamer with access to Steam, will see a full, official release in North America and Europe this summer for the PC.

The game has been in Beta since September 2011. At present, the only way to join the beta is to be invited by another player. This will no longer be the case once the game gets a full release.

The announcement was made by Valve’s VP of marketing, Doug Lombardi, who confirmed with GameSpot that the game would leave its Beta state before this year’s The International 3 competition takes place on August 7 to 11. Valve intends to release more details about the transition in the coming weeks.

“Dota 2 being officially released to the public acts as the next step for Valve in shipping the finished Dota 2 project,” said David “GoDZ” Parker, Dota 2 broadcaster for The BTS Studio. “While anyone interested in obtaining a beta key and playing the game could have already done so with minimal work, having the ease of play that being public brings will make it a true free-to-play game in the ARTS/MOBA genre.”

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