Friday, June 1st 2012

DOTA 2: Free to Play Confirmed

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 confirmed that Dota 2 will be free to play and announced the Dota Store in preparation for the game's release.

Upon its opening, the Dota Store will offer items created by Valve and members of the community that may be used immediately and carried over after the public launch of the game. Early Access to the game is not required to purchase items before launch. However, gamers may get into the game now by purchasing the Dota 2 Early Access Bundle of items.

"The opening of the Dota Store is a big part of our final push to launch," said IceFrog, design lead on Dota 2. "With support for the Steam Workshop, the majority of the items made available on day one were created and being sold by members of the community. By making the game Free to Play, we hope to give gamers the ability to decide how - and how much - they want to invest in the game."

Targeted for full release on the PC later this year, 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 around the world.

Later this summer Valve will host the International Dota 2 Championships 2012 in Seattle, WA. For more information on Valve and its games, please visit www.dota2.com
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56 Comments on DOTA 2: Free to Play Confirmed

#2
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
half life 3? No? gtfo steam.
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#3
Over_Lord
News Editor
I think Valve is stalling too much.

Granted Left 4 Dead is amazing, Team Fortress 2 is amazing, Counter Strike: Global Offensive is shaping up to be amazing, and Dota 2 F2P is great too

But they are stalling the conclusion of Half Life series for far too long. There has to be some explanation.

I would rather they release the concluding part before people lose interest completely and just forget the game. There are better and more engaging games out there anyways.
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#4
AndreiD
I'd rather have a stalled and amazing Half Life 3, than a rushed and average game. I think the only reason it's taking them this long is because they actually want to release an excellent game to end the series.
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#5
techtard
Valve doesn't have a traditional management structure or do things the same way as the rest of the industry. Their employees choose which projects to work on. They have also completely thrown out games and taken a huge loss on manhours and $$$ spent on projects.

Half Life 3 might not come out unless a team of Valve employees feel like working on it.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
pay to win? :(
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: thunderising
There has to be some explanation.
They're making enough money selling other studios' games.
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#8
Totally
by: AndreiD
I'd rather have a stalled and amazing Half Life 3, than a rushed and average game. I think the only reason it's taking them this long is because they actually want to release an excellent game to end the series.
Funny, I thought the same thing about Diablo 3, waited 12 years and still got a rushed average game, with a story that seemed to appeal to 8 year olds.
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#9
Isenstaedt
Can we stick to the topic which is Dota 2?

by: Mussels
pay to win? :(
Nope. Check out the blog:
Dota 2 will not be a pay-to-win game. All the items in the store are cosmetic, and don’t affect gameplay.

All of the heroes will be available free of charge. We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it’s something we plan to avoid.
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#10
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Mussels
pay to win? :(
You obviously haven't played League of Legends. Same genre of game and it's amazing, Valve most likely had to go F2P just like every other game in that genre simply because LoL is that good, and has the best F2P model I've ever seen. The way it basically works is you Earn IP playing games, that can be used to buy Heroes and Runes. Real World money can be used to buy RP (Riot Points) those points can be used to buy IP boosts (meh not that huge of a deal) characters, or character skins. Runes are the largest IP sink in the game and you can't use RP to buy Runes. And unlocking characters through IP doesn't take that long, but if your impatient you can use RP for it. If Valve follows that model it will be great, basically all you will spend money on is cosmetic items, and spending money won't get you anything exclusive that gives you an advantage.
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#11
leonard_222003
No one put the free 2 play problem on the table, cheaters !
At least when money was involved the consequences was losing the money, now WTH will happen ? a new steam ID on a new email ?
But who cares, if money flows better (from items,hats and all that bullshit you see in tf2) than when it was a paid game then valve won't care about cheaters or no cheaters, show me the money :) .
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#12
hhumas
wow at last a good news from valve .. awesome i've played 700+ Hours dota 2 in 4 months .........
and purchased its invites 20$/each
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#13
Prima.Vera
I don`t understand. So is no longer required War3?? What kind of heroes and characters will be??
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#14
Fourstaff
by: Prima.Vera
I don`t understand. So is no longer required War3?? What kind of heroes and characters will be??
All the same, just with different skin, and sometimes slightly different mechanics (like Pudge's Rot, its almost imbalancedly easy to commit suicide in Dota2). No, it doesn't need Wc3 because it uses Source with better clothing animation.

Can't wait for this game to be released, definitely an incentive to get a new rig :toast:
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#15
hugz
Gief me Half Life 3 instead of this gay fantasy stuff :cry:
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#17
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
wtf is a dota?
DOTA

Now stop living in a cave :slap:
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#18
avatar_raq
I have played more than 1300 games in league of legends and I voluntarily spent $30 on skins and a blank rune page (the latter can also be bought by the free IP you get by playing) and I can tell you it is one of the best if not THE best F2P game out there, valve has no choice but to follow in RIOT's footsteps if they want to succeed.
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#19
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
DOTA

Now stop living in a cave :slap:
So this is Warcraft 3?
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#20
Fourstaff
by: avatar_raq
I have played more than 1300 games in league of legends and I voluntarily spent $30 on skins and a blank rune page (the latter can also be bought by the free IP you get by playing) and I can tell you it is one of the best if not THE best F2P game out there, valve has no choice but to follow in RIOT's footsteps if they want to succeed.
All Dota style games are "free" anyway (if you count the piracy of Warcraft 3). I personally don't like League of Legends, I find the gameplay a bit "flat" and mistakes are not as punishing as others.

by: Easy Rhino
So this is Warcraft 3?
Yes, its a map in Warcraft 3, but the gameplay is completely different from "mine resources build town attack win" strategy game.
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#21
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
so this free to play game is really just one map of warcraft 3?
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#22
Zubasa
by: Easy Rhino
so this free to play game is really just one map of warcraft 3?
Its not made by Blizzard, its based on a player made mod.
The combat controls is more or less Diablo like, but with decent strategies involved in a strictly 5v5 team game.
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#23
avatar_raq
by: Easy Rhino
so this free to play game is really just one map of warcraft 3?
Yes, with tens of playable characters, item builds, countless strategies and unique matches that will not repeat twice.
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#24
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
hrm im intrigued but generally these types of games suffer from nerd competitiveness. what i mean is i want to just have fun and 99% of the other players judge the worthiness of their lives on the outcome of the game.
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#25
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
hrm im intrigued but generally these types of games suffer from nerd competitiveness. what i mean is i want to just have fun and 99% of the other players judge the worthiness of their lives on the outcome of the game.
You get a lot of those in competitive games anyway, DotA is no different. You need to have a lot of skill to be able to enjoy DotA, much less for LoL. I have been playing DotA on and off for 7 years now, and I can still find myself playing like a complete noob at times. The skill diference between the top DotA players and a player 500 games in is enormous.

Edit: Oh, and because in DotA(2) the actions of one player in a 5 second time window can completely change the outcome of a game, 4 people gets frustrated for every mistake you make. This trait makes DotA(2) players one of the most short tempered and foul mouthed of all gaming communities. LoL more forgiving for mistakes made by one player, but because there are so many more noobs playing LoL the same outcome is achieved.
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