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Dota 2 (Source 2?) Workshop Tools

The Dota 2 blog announces the release of alpha workshop tools for Dota 2,Valve's MOBA game. The detailed Steam Community listing calls this "a completely new set of tools" which require a 64-bit version of Windows, and there is speculation that this represents a soft launch of mod tools for the Source Engine 2. Here's a bit:

Some of the features in this release include major changes to how content is created, delivered, and experienced for Dota 2:

  • Completely New Tools - The new suite of tools support creating and importing content for custom games. This set of tools requires a 64-bit version of Windows, Direct3D 11 compatible GPU, and opting into the Steam Client Beta.
  • Steam Workshop Submissions - This early version includes the ability to upload and distribute custom game modes through the Workshop. This new automated process allows players to subscribe to an author's custom game mode to automatically keep current as updates are released by the author.
  • Testing Custom Game Modes - This alpha release is focused on getting the tools to developers first. Currently playing custom games requires a 64-bit version of Windows and a Direct3D 11 compatible GPU. In upcoming future releases we will extend support to more systems (including 32-bit and Direct3D 9) and make it easier for players to download, find matches for, and play user created game modes.

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