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Valve Announces Dota 2

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Posted October 13, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson


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Dota 2

It hasn't exactly been a well-kept secret, but this morning it's official: Valve is releasing Dota 2. It's coming from Icefrog, the man behind "Defense of the Ancients," the original Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos map/mod that defined that game for many players.

Gameplay wise, Dota 2 will follow the pattern set by Dota, mixing action gaming with RTS elements to provide epic battles, but the stand-out addition to the game will be in the matchmaking, tutorials and the community.

As anyone who played Dota can attest, it's not a good game to be new at -- it's a hardcore game with a steep learning curve, and being a newb will get you killed. Along with the obvious improvements to the matchmaking system, Valve will try to make Dota 2 a bit more user-friendly by building in a mentoring system where more experienced players can coach newer players, and receive in-game rewards for being a good teacher. All kinds of community involvement will be rewarded, including writing strategy guides and participating in online discussions. Valve promises to build and serve the Dota 2 community in the same way they have built the fanbase for Team Fortress 2.

Source: Game Informer

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