Valve/IceFrog collaboration announced as DotA2

Wednesday, 13th October 2010 17:57 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Are you ready to defend some ancients?

Huh? What’s an ancient? Well, it’s something that needs defending. Clearly. And Valve plans to help with Defense of the Ancients 2.

According to the press release, DotA 2 is “a massive sequel for one of the most played games in the world” and it’s slated to hit PC and Mac in 2011.

Like it’s predecessor, it will be blend of online RTS and RPG action and you can get the first details regarding the title over on GameInformer.

According to the site, the game runs on the Source engine, supports three-lane maps, has multiplayer competition with AI filling-in for players leaving the game, maintains the toon-style graphics of the original, and has Steamworks implemented along with Achievements.

It will also contain the full roster of 100 heroes from DotA Allstars.

The game also has a coaching system which was described as follows:

By logging in as a coach, veteran players can do their part to help out newer folks. Valve hasn’t entirely decided on the specifics of how newbies and coaches will be matched up, but once they’re together a few things happen. The coach sees the pupil’s screen, and gets private voice and chat channels to communicate with them. The coach probably won’t be able to take control of anything directly (once again, the details are currently under discussion), but information is power in Dota 2 and having a mentor whispering in your ear can make all the difference in the world.

Good news for all then. Even a little added drama from employees at Valve as well.

Earlier this week, the game’s developer IceFrog posted: “Hey guys, Game Informer dropped by the office last week to take a look at what I’ve been working on with the rest of the team over the last year. They are going to post an article about it tomorrow on their website. I’ll give you guys a link to it as soon as it is published,” Defense of the Ancients creator Ice Frog said in a note on its forums.

A tweet from Game Informer EIC Andy McNamara then more or less laser etched the whole thing in stone.

Granted, this is hardly a surprise, seeing as the game’s existence was uncovered via trademark, which had Riot Games, well, rioting over Valve’s alleged move to own a gametype that a small army of modders came together to create.

Ultimately, the League of Legends developer filed a counter trademark to keep Valve and Ice Frog from spraying their territorial musk all over the genre. Because that’s how legal things work. With musk.

But trademarks are boring. Videogames, though, are fun! And Valve finally revealed the new videogame today. So yay!



  1. Rosseu

    it’s about time

    #1 4 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    Things tend to be awesome when Valve are involved.

    Roll on the announce.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    teamfortress 1 was good dont kid ur self

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Dralen

    Hoooolllly shit! That’s awesome!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Debabrata Nath

    I am excited. I spent more than 100 hours playing DOTA over LAN.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Awesome. Lets see what it is.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. M2Kx

    “Things tend to be awesome when Valve are involved.”
    since when? :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I have no idea what this is.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @8: The Defense of the Ancients mod is based on the Aeon of Strife map from StarCraft, and it pits teams against one another as they try to destroy the opponents’ “Ancients”, which are heavily guarded structures on the game map.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. M2Kx

    Wait wait… DotA = Defence of the Ancients. LOL! Now I know what it means. Thx VG247, I learned sth again :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Maximum Unreal

    Is it going to be free ?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Valve FTW.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Old MacDonald

    I bet it’s going to be really fun at launch, and then they’ll patch and patch and patch until it’s a game about hats.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Callum

    Shame Icefrog is a lying bastard :

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Rosseu


    #15 4 years ago
  16. evilashchris

    Crikey! I wonder what Valve will say to that?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Callum

    I imagine there will be a bunch of “No comment” comments, followed by a fuck off law suit lol. Can’t wait!

    #17 4 years ago

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