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The truth is that Valve has not been really generous with sharing new info, concept art, images or any rumors with us yet. Well, although I would love to know more I understand the choice since competition in the field has become intense lately with Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends. Valve is not keen on sharing any info, no leaks, no rumors. But, if you think about it, it makes sense. Itís not like itís a new concept or a new game. They know exactly what we expect from them, they know what they have to create and they know how to do it. So, in a sense, there is no need for leaking info and monitoring reactions. In the end, all they have to do is create an effective, strong and reliable game engine with state of the art -chaos friendly- graphics and a working interface. The good thing is that from what Erik Johnson said in his interview they are working exactly on that . Everything else will be provided by the community for them. We will test it, request balance tweaks and give overall feedback. Thatís the great thing with the Dota community. Itís live, itís huge and itís waiting for a new core to gather it all back in one place.
The way I see it, Valve and Icefrog should focus on the game engine and on the interface. Itís the most important thing at the moment. You need it to be user friendly, not too complicated but not too simple either, in order to get all the players back in one community. We are all split into categories, as players, from newbies to hardcore kick-ass ones. Valve must create a community that will embrace this diversity and promote every part of it. Apparently, they are working on it by implementing a coaching system . The good thing is that it has Icefrog behind the wheel. People trust Icefrog.
Then, of course, itís the payment issue. Everyone is wondering what policy Valve will follow with Dota 2 and how they are planning to charge people for it. There are quite a few scenarios none of which has been officially accepted by Valve. Either a reasonable single payment or monthly fee, for me would be ok as long as the game is good enough. Now, I know most of you do not really agree with the idea of a monthly fee. Still, I really prefer to pay a standard fee every month and have a nice content-update and support team, than to pay a one-time charge and then either be disappointed by the updates or have Valve implementing micro transactions in the future. Of course, thatís just me. If you have a different opinion, speak your mind.
To sum things up, the current status goes as follows:
- Dota 2 will come out somewhere during late 2011.
- Dota 2 will be as loyal to the original Dota game mechanics as possible.
- The Dota 2 heroes that will start in the game will have new backgrounds and will interact with each other.
- The heroes of Dota 2 will not necessarily look like their counterparts in Dota.
- There will not be any single-player campaign like mode of Dota 2.
- In Dota 2 there will be detailed statistics, replays and matchmaking.