- Release Date: 2012
- Publisher: Valve
- Developer: Valve
- Genre: Strategy
Dota 2 is an action fantasy strategy video game that is currently being developed by Valve Corporation. The game follows all DatA game using Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients. The release date is not yet confirmed, but it is more likely to open the world for players later 2012.
In a podcast interview appearing on Internet in April 20, 2012, Gabe Newell said Dota 2 would employ free to play business mode with some twists.
Dota initially serves as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3. However, it has grown into one of the most played and the hottest game around the world. Considering its popularity, the developer is totally justified in launching an upgraded and optimized version to further entertain its users. And according to Valve, Dota 2 will retain the style of the original version and keep the existing major features.
Generally speaking, Dota 2 will maintain the majority of features of its former version. The items, skills and upgrading paths will remain unchanged, which means that Dota 2 will bring the same thrilling gaming experience and veteran players can feel at home right away. But Dota 2 will overshadow the old one with a series of improvements and several newly added features.
In details, Dota 2 implements Valve’s Source Game Engine which enhances the overall playability of the game. First, in terms of visual effect, Dota 2 will be eye-catching with improved graphics and brilliant combat scenarios. The map, especially the forest among three paths will be more easily recognized by heroes. In addition, it boasts an enhanced illumination, true-to-life settings, and dynamic imitation. Then, the acoustic effect is also innovatively upgraded. For example, you will hear some interesting sounds when you catch an enemy soldier. And the most remarkable change lies in the more captivating game experience. Your experience within or without the game will be all recorded in your personal account, thanks to advanced Steamworks technology.
Besides, the new features are as follows: there will be an AI robot that can help offline players partake in the practice mode. The purpose of establishing such a function is to avoid ruining the experience points of players who disconnect from the game by accident. A built-in voice communication system will also be added, making the communication more prompt and timely. And no other voice soft wares are additionally required. Furthermore, you will have access to a coaching function which enables experienced players to watch the competition as audiences and instruct other gamers via voice. Players can score the coaches through voting and outstanding coaches will be rewarded with certain prizes.
The classic Dota modes will be retained with several optimizations. Additionally, a bunch of new modes will be invented and added to Dota 2. In a nutshell, Dota 2 still holds many refreshing surprises to its loyal fans, ever though it still follows the same game concept of Dota. Veteran players will enjoy a better gaming experience while green-hands are also able to quickly familiarize with its gameplay.
Like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Dota 2 will boast an epic and magnificent battle with up to 30 players. As the title suggests, the aim is to guard your own ancient relic in struggle to destroy that of your opponent at the same time. In the splendid fantasy world, two teams, that is, the Sentinel and the Scourge, are pitted against each other. Each side holds its base in one corner of the map which is defended by fortified towers and waves of units. The “Ancient” in the center of your hostile side must be eliminated so as to achieve the final victory. The antiquity of the Sentinel is called the Tree of Life while that of the Scourge is the Frozen Throne. To reach the center of your enemy base, you have to vanquish their army, smash their defensive buildings and defeat their heroes. All in all, it is not easy to get ahead.
More than 100 heroes of the Dota will be gradually replanted to this new title. Each one cherishes obvious tactical edges over others and possesses unique skills and abilities. Dota 2 will continue its 5 VS 5 combat format. And you choose your side and opt for your favorite hero from available options. Esprit de corps is valued greatly in this game. It is nearly impossible for one player to lead the team to victory alone, so you must get on well with your comrades-in-arms and unleash the advantages of each member.
GamesCom 2011 Expectation:
Ever since the announcement of Dota 2, it has been put in the limelight and constantly discussed in the industry. Gamescom 2011, which will be held from August 17 to August 21 in Cologne, Germany, will present a long-awaited debut show of Dota 2.
The game has recently released a teaser trailer to all interested gamers for the first time, which will be the highlight of Gamescom 2011. Besides, 16 top Dota teams from the world will take part in a special tournament at the exhibition to win the much-coveted prize of one million US dollars! The competitors from the EU, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, Vietnam, and the Philippines will join in Dota 2 Championships through a group stage, double elimination playoff format. If you are unable to attend this great fair and watch their matches, don’t get disappointed for the tournament will be broadcasted in four languages, including Chinese, English, German and Russian. For this, we owe our gratitude to NVIDIA, the sponsor of this spectacular event.
The low-key developer, who is publicly known as IceFrog, was the designer of the world map of Dota and is currently fully responsible for the creation of Dota 2. According to his statement on the official site of Dota months ago, he was taking charge of an elite team in Valve and creating some adorable stuff. Later, it was rumored that IceFrog was developing Dota 2 along with colleagues from Valve, which further verified the underground development of this upcoming game.
During an interview with Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve, he acclaimed, “The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game.” He also stated that it was a good fortune to watch the competitors as they were preparing for the tournament, and the level of play would be extraordinary.
Despite some interviews with the developer and distributer of Dota 2 and the disclosure of a handful of concept maps, the real content of this high-anticipated masterpiece is still kept in secret. But don’t worry! Now we will try to summarize some known facts and possible speculations revolving around this rising star.
Venture into the dreamlike yet hazardous realm, assume the role of a mighty hero, team up with the other four players, and embark on a mind-blowing adventure! Are you eager to start off the journey in Dota 2? As mentioned above, it will be released before long. We will follow the Gamescom 2011 closely and keep you well-informed of the latest news about this game.
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