wow guys, Valve Announces Dota 2!!!
Press Releases – Valve
13 Oct 2010
Leading Independent Studio Reveals “IceFrog’s” New Project
October 13, 2010 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Dota 2, a massive sequel for one of the most played games in the world.
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.
First details on Dota 2 are available now via an exclusive on Gameinformer.com.
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About DotA 2.
– Dota 2 launches in 2011.
– Dota 2 uses Valve’s Source engine, so the game is much prettier. Source itself is getting a few upgrades, including improved global lighting and true cloth simulation.
– Dota 2’s integrated voice chat is a huge step up from having to set up your own Ventrilo server, and the speed of voice communication is very nearly a requirement for a game as team-focused as DotA.
– AI bots will take over for disconnected players, and will be available to play against in unranked training matches as well. However, don’t get your hopes up for a full-fledged single-player game, though.
– Valve is upgrading Steamworks (the company’s backend technologies for matchmaking and other gameplay and community-related things) to allow them to create in-game rewards for participating in the Dota 2 community.
– Posting useful feedback or participating in constructive discussions on the forums will contribute to your standing in the community in a visible way. If this was just about getting points for posting comments, though, we wouldn’t waste your time by telling you about it. Dota 2 goes much farther than that. Everything from unlocking new skins for your favorite hero to getting a unique title for writing a strategy guide is on the table.
– A coaching system is being deeply integrated into the game. 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.