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Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can"

The Dota 2 Blog has word that Valve has a new timetable for the release of Dota 2, their MOBA sequel. They say they originally planned on spending "the next year or so in beta," but have decided this plan "was dumb" (thanks Steven). Here's word:

Welcome to the new plan: We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can. We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time. But there’ll be no restrictions on what players can do with it – they can release screenshots, make movies, shoutcast matches, write guides, publicly make fun of our HUD, or anything else their hearts desire. While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content as we get more and more feedback.

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21. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 25, 2011, 10:09 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 11:11:
So... 2016 then?

Also, I think a part of the quote got chopped off.

"While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content in an update called DoTA3, on sale for 50 bucks within the year."

Creston

NICE!
 
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20. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 24, 2011, 01:43 Sepharo
 
Kobalt wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 18:01:
Hard to say, there really isn't a game like it.

Huh?
There's tons of games like it. Practically spawned a whole genre.

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UConnBBall wrote on Sep 24, 2011, 01:40:
MOBA is the future

Oh!
And apparently that's what they're calling the new genre. Didn't realize it had a name now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_Online_Battle_Arena

Except that article redirects to Dota (genre)
 
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19. Re: RE: Follow up Sep 24, 2011, 01:40 UConnBBall
 
Welcome to the New Valve and what is happening for the next two years. League of Legends is a CASH COW like no other. MOBA is the future and it has already taking the top eSports scene and in my case all my playing time period.

I like the games and I like the multiplayer craziness of it all. I just want to get into the beta but I do plan on staying with LoL.
 
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18. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 24, 2011, 01:38 Animals for Crackers
 
TF2 style "Meet the..." character updates (preferably 4 or 5 characters at a time)? I don't mind if the end result is the game releasing earlier.

I'm dying to play the game already as is, let alone the final product. Gimme, gimme.
 
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17. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 18:44 eunichron
 
Kobalt wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 18:01:
Problem with that is,dota 2 is just dota 1 with better graphics.They said they wanted people to move from dota 1, how is that going to happen when they don't even have all the heroes? I think this will hurt them on the esports side.

I think that if they think the game is in a good enough state to stake a $1 million tournament on it, then it's probably in a good enough state for open beta. They can always add more heroes later, and since it will most like be F2P (if they want to compete with WC3: DOTA and LoL), I'm sure they will add many more down the road.
 
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16. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 18:01 Kobalt
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 10:36:
They were proposing to keep DOTA2 private and release a more refined product with more content but decided against that, which I think is a sensible move. It's easier to keep players hooked that keep them waiting, especially with Diablo III right around the corner.

Problem with that is,dota 2 is just dota 1 with better graphics.They said they wanted people to move from dota 1, how is that going to happen when they don't even have all the heroes? I think this will hurt them on the esports side.

InBlack wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 10:49:
Ive never played DOTA before I admit, except at its very humble beginnigs in Warcraft3.

Will I like this game?

Hard to say, there really isn't a game like it. I will say however, if you don't have a lot of patience for losing a lot, stay away. It has one of the largest learning curves I have ever seen, and is extremely team based. One person can very easily ruin the game for your team, a big deal with games lasting 40+ minutes.
 
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15. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 16:51 Prez
 
From now on, Valve, if it's not Episode 3/ Half Life 3 information then I'm not listening!!! LALALALALALALA!!! Ignoring  
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14. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can" Sep 23, 2011, 16:10 Ozmodan
 
I just can't get into this game. It looks fun to start with, but ends up being very unfun to me. Dota 2 looks like more of the same.

Give me a MMO any day in the week.
 
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13. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can" Sep 23, 2011, 13:20 ^Drag0n^
 
I guess I'm one of the few that really just doesn't care about this game.

Just get on with Episode 3 for the love of all that is holy (and some that is not)...

^D^
 
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12. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 12:45 psalm
 
I for one am very excited. I still play Dota from time to time, it is an excellent and very fun game  
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11. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 11:11 Creston
 
So... 2016 then?

Also, I think a part of the quote got chopped off.

"While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content in an update called DoTA3, on sale for 50 bucks within the year."

Creston
 
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10. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:54 Cutter
 
Remember valve works on things and does things that are "interesting."

So things that they do that make you think "huh" have an obvious explanation. Valve did it because they thought it was "interesting"


I know. It makes you think they must smoke a LOT of weed around those offices.
 
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9. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:49 InBlack
 
Hmmm I might consider joining the open beta then, WoT has been growing sort of stale recently and Diablo3 was just confirmed not to be coming this year...

Ive never played DOTA before I admit, except at its very humble beginnigs in Warcraft3.

Will I like this game?
 
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8. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:37 Shok
 
I'm guessing this one will have a shoe store seeing as TF2 turned in to the hat store.  
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7. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:36 theyarecomingforyou
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 10:16:
....and....then what? I completely fail to see the point of this blog post, I mean first he says that they wanted to spend "the next year or so in beta" only to say that they will indeed spend "the next year or so" in (sort-of) beta....Anyone else go wtf? at this?
Not at all. Basically the game is approaching TF2 release quality. That game had relatively little content but was developed dramatically over the years. They were proposing to keep DOTA2 private and release a more refined product with more content but decided against that, which I think is a sensible move. It's easier to keep players hooked that keep them waiting, especially with Diablo III right around the corner.
 
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6. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:22 Sudbina
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 10:16:
....and....then what? I completely fail to see the point of this blog post, I mean first he says that they wanted to spend "the next year or so in beta" only to say that they will indeed spend "the next year or so" in (sort-of) beta....Anyone else go wtf? at this?

They were planning to spend the next year or so in closed beta with a small open beta sometime next year, but now they'll just do the open beta for the next year with a small closed beta for the next 2 weeks. That's what he is saying basically.
 
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5. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can" Sep 23, 2011, 10:17 Dev
 
Remember valve works on things and does things that are "interesting."

So things that they do that make you think "huh" have an obvious explanation. Valve did it because they thought it was "interesting"
 
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4. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 Sep 23, 2011, 10:16 InBlack
 
....and....then what? I completely fail to see the point of this blog post, I mean first he says that they wanted to spend "the next year or so in beta" only to say that they will indeed spend "the next year or so" in (sort-of) beta....Anyone else go wtf? at this?  
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3. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can" Sep 23, 2011, 10:08 JaZeeL
 
DOTA 2 is the first Valve game I have no intention of purchasing...I don't find DOTA-anything interesting in the slightest.  
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2. Re: Valve to Release Dota 2 "As Fast As We Can" Sep 23, 2011, 09:44 Verno
 
As fast as we can in Valve time, someone else can do the math  
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