Dota 2 NDA Lifted; Beta Plans Changed
Dota 2, Valve’s entry into the increasingly popular MOBA and esports scene, may be coming a bit sooner for all of us. The beta phase for Dota 2 is being accelerated, and the version that was played at Valve’s million dollar tournament, The International, will be rushed out as quickly as possible. That means, instead of waiting for more heroes to be added to the game, they’re going to try to ramp up the beta with the heroes they have, and then add more as the beta progresses.
IceFrog, lead developer for Dota 2 (and a lead developer on the original DotA) has cited overwhelming response from the community and the increasing amount of content being posted despite Dota 2′s limited beta and NDA.
Our original plan was to spend the next year or so in beta, adding new features and slowly growing the number of heroes until we reached a level of parity with Dota 1, at which point we’d release Dota 2 to the world. But the feedback we’re seeing everywhere is that people just want to play it, even though there’s still a ton of heroes yet to be implemented. We’ve also seen that the folks who are already in the beta are chomping at the bit to show everyone else some of the fun games they’ve had. So we decided our original plan was dumb.
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.
With Valve’s reputation for taking their sweet time on most of their titles, this is certainly welcome news for any MOBA fan. And if you’re interested in getting on “The List”, be sure to go to dota2.com, log in with your Steam account, and click the link to sign up for the beta.