Dota 2 Will Be Free to Play, Says Valve
That’s only part of the story. According to Valve’s head honcho Gabe Newell, Dota 2 will be a free-to-play game along with “some twists.” Why the studio still hasn’t given us Half-Life 3 is a complete mystery, but we digress.
In an interview with Seven Day Cooldown, Newell spoke about how Valve plans to make a little dough from its “semi-sequel” to the mod for Defense of the Ancients.
“It’s going to be free-to-play,” said Newell. “It’ll have some twists, but that’s the easiest way for people to think about it.
“The issue that we’re struggling with quite a bit is something I’ve sort of talked about before, which is ‘How do you propery value people’s contributions to a community?’ We’re trying to figure out ways so that people who are more valuable to everybody else, that that’s recognized and accommodated. We all know people where if they’re playing, we want to play, and there are other people where if they’re playing, we would [rather] be on the other side of the planet.
“It’s just a question of coming up with mechanisms that recognize and reward people who are doing things that are valuable to other groups of people.”
Valve isn’t looking to give big egos to griefers and reward trolls. Newell says that they’re currently looking to find a system in order to recognize helpful players, players who work as “useful guides” in games like Dota 2.
Currently, Dota 2 is planned for a release on both PC and Mac, but a console version would be tricky due to console control issues.
Via Game Trailers.