Dota 2 (or the full name Defense of the Ancients 2), the sequel for the extremely popular DotA game will be released in 2011, according to an official posting on the game’s official website. Below you can read some of the information about the game:

“Dota began as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3 and has grown into one of the most played online games in the world. Following in the tradition of Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm, Dota 2 is the result of Valve hiring the community developers who built the mod and giving them the chance to finally build a full product out of their idea with the help of a professional team of developers and artists at Valve.”

Valve will of course bring a lot of cool features and improvements to DotA 2 such as skill-based match making (therefore, newbies won’t be hated by the hardcore, experienced players anymore and matches will be well balanced). Of course, there are more surpises to be announced, so be on the lookout for even more DotA 2 details by 2011!

How do you feel about the release of a new game in the DotA series?

22 COMMENTS

  1. The full name is not Defense of the Ancients 2. Valve avoided that to prevent any lawsuits.

    It is simply Dota 2.

    As for the Dota genre, Dota 2 might be the one to wrest away the crown from Heroes of Newerth.

  2. Yes HoN has fallen from the top shelf QUITE a while ago. League of Legends has taken the lead and has actually won quite a healthy # of awards this year, GDC, Golden Joystic, etc. DOTA 2 is going to be QUITE hard pressed to knock these guys out.

  3. Dota 2 will most definitely take the top spot.

    most, if not all, DotA fans simply want the exact same game with an updated engine.. which in terms of gameplay, is exactly what Dota 2 is.

    Valve’s improvements focused more on graphics and community interaction than gameplay..

    make no mistake, the great majority of this genre play DotA still. Add to that the fact that some of HoN’s and LoL’s players will also at the very least try Dota 2 as well.

  4. There is still a large playerbase on the wc3 mod of DotA, and quite a large amount of them prefer DotA to LoL or HoN. But the fact of the matter is that while they are all “Action RTS”, LoL and HoN are now going in different directions.

    LoL (IMO) is a very simplified version of the DotA style of game. The spell and item variation doesn’t differ as much as it did in wc3 DotA because the developers seem to strive for a balanced, simple game for users to enjoy.
    I’m not criticising it.
    LoL is also Free To Play, which increases accessibility which does seem to be LoL’s main concern. They also release regular youtube videos depicting new heroes and occasionally developer messages. So it does seem that their game is more community friendly.

    I don’t have a large experience with HoN but some of my friends tell me that while it was originally very similar to DotA, the gameplay is slowly moving towards a more gank/nuke based game. I don’t know if this is true, and though it is a difference, it does leave it relatively close to the DotA game.

    I do believe DotA 2 will probably take ‘the crown’ of the action RTS.
    LoL has done admirably in my opinion to make quite a different game which is still appealing. But many players didn’t want a variation, they wanted a sequel. And it seems IceFrog is bringing that to them.

    And with him, Steam brings a stronger, dedicated game engine, matchmaking, coaching (A very good addition) and a supposedly community based point system that has an effect on your game. (They haven’t released much info on it)

    And whilst there is some debate as to who ‘owns’ DotA, (Guinsoo/ Blizzard / Icefrog), Blizzard has essentially ‘ok’d the name “DOTA 2” instead of DotA 2 *due to strong relations with valve company-wise* and this same change counters any claims Guinsoo has to the name.

    Either way, Icefrog has been developing it for ages now, as far as I’m concerned it’s his game.

  5. You moron u do relize that they wont be sued because the person who made and matians dota is actually helping make the game u do know that right? the name will be defense of the ancients two but nobody wants to type that (cept me) so they just calling it Dota 2 dota 2 is going to be awesome and i cnt wait to buy it

  6. HAHAHAHAHAHAH im laughing cuz “U dumbass” is actually the dumbass and his assumption of why they are naming it dota 2 is completely wrong. anyways HAHAHAH

  7. you should firstky play hon before saying that is a dump.hon is a very improved version of dota.but if dota 2 comes then hon 3 comes cause some guys have paid 30 dollars…

  8. its not just dotA 2 its Defense of the Ancients 2 retard ice frog and his staff created you can look at the loading of the map :@

  9. If they don’t match the storyline as well as the game play to league of legends, then don’t bother releasing this crap. OH yeah, if it’s not free you can go to hell too. League of Legends all the way.

  10. when dota 2 comes out, LoL may still secure some of their playerbase but I dont think anyone will continue to play a basic clone (HoN) when its original and improved version (dota2) released.

  11. LOl owns everything till now… i would love to see a new “dota” type game which overtake lol ..Sounds intersting …

  12. [email protected]

    In my oppinion LoL is far greater as a community based game but id like to see some changes to the general disposition of players that dont think one bit of teamplay (in all Dota-based games) enjoy the play, make friends and dont complain soo much(enjoy the ride)

    Big “cheer” to ice frog for this wish it wouldn’t be so hard to make it F2P dont be greedy.

    ps.really make it count guys^^

  13. [email protected]

    In my oppinion LoL is far greater as a community based game but id like to see some changes to the general disposition of players that dont think one bit of teamplay (in all Dota-based games) enjoy the play, make friends and dont complain soo much(enjoy the ride)

    Big “cheer” to ice frog for this wish it wouldn’t be so hard to make it F2P dont be greedy.

    ps.really make it count guys^^.

  14. [email protected]

    sry double post wont happen again

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