Steam Client Update Pointedly Mentions Dota 2 Is Coming 'Soon'

Valve rolled out "all-new server and client code" supporting downloads over its Steam digital distribution service, intriguingly noting that, "soon, Dota 2 will be delivered using it."

Dota 2 as yet has no release date (late 2011 is the last we've heard), so it's hard to say what "soon" actually means here. The new server and client code, however, is available now. Valve's encouraging users to test it out by downloading one of these trailers, all free.

"The new content system is designed to do two things: deliver better download rates in more places around the world, and also to simply streamline the publishing process on Steam, ultimately making it possible to ship more games than we would have been able to with the old system," Valve wrote.

Updates to the Steam client will include community-requested features such as download scheduling, bandwidth throttling and download prioritization. Users will also be able to download an update to a game while playing a game; the update will be applied after leaving the game.

There's much more about this at the link.

Download Better, Stronger, Faster [Valve; h/t N.A.]


Comments

    These updates sound good. But this is Valve. Don't expect Dota 2 until 2015.

    It's "soon" in Valve Time.

    http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time

      I love that Valve have such a sense of humour about themselves that they log and document examples of 'Valve Time'.

    its just a warcraft map, how long does it take to port it...

    Still can't get really excited about this, as we've seen virtually NOTHING from the game. All that i know is that there is DoTA 2, and it has some of the champions from DoTA 1.

    I'll get more hyped when I can see some gameplay

    I'm in Melbourne. I have a 100mbit Telstra cable connection, I haven't had a average download speed over 300kb/s in the last two months. no matter what i download. i was going to make the switch to steam for everything and never go to retail again but im sorry, these download speeds are unacceptable.

      Well I'm in TAS and on the NBN(100mb)and usually get get at least 1mb download speed per item some less popular downloads will not get past 500k but anything popular i generally get about 3mb download speed on i basically never buy retail except for a collectors edition i want

    this morning i was able to download ios update 4.3.4 for my iphone in well under a minute, a lot of things download very quickly apart from steam.

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