Valve Announces DotA 2

We’ve been waiting for this for a while, ever since Valve filed the trademark for Defense of the Ancients. Now, we finally have official confirmation of the game, via a Valve press release.

According to the release,

Coming to the PC & Mac in 2011, Dota 2 promises to take the unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers and expand upon it in every way.

Yeah, that’s a release window as well. As is typical for Valve, it’s sometime next year, or more likely, “when it’s ready.”

The folks over at Game Informer have already gotten their hands on the game, played it, and they have a ton of info. Chief among their observations is how Valve is leaving the gameplay essentially exactly as it is. Valve is also bringing in the full roster from DotA Allstars – over 100 heroes.

Of course, Valve brings a lot to the table, including bringing the game to the Source engine, integrating voice chat, and more. Game Informer says, “With a solid backbone of community-enabling systems and Valve’s legendary support and technology behind it, Dota 2 has a chance to turn one of the most popular mods of all time into a full game on PC and Mac that compares favorably to any eight-figure-budget console blockbuster.” That sounds like a pretty solid endorsement to me.

It’s a long article, and totally worth the read. Head on over and check it out on Game Informer’s website. As soon as we get more info on DotA 2, you’ll see it here.

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