Valve Wants To Release DotA 2's Beta 'As Fast As We Can'

How very unlike Valve. In a post on the game's official blog, DotA 2 developers say that while they had planned to keep testing the game for another year or so in a very private beta, they now want to "get it out there as fast as we can".

"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," the post says. "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."

So there's been a change.

"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."

That means a more public beta is on the fast track. You'll still need to sign up for an invite, but the number of people invited is going to ramp up.

As an added bonus, those in the beta are now no longer forbidden from taking screenshots and videos, so expect to see a lot more of that stuff in the weeks to come.

I Said Good Day Sir! [Dota 2]


Comments

    inb4 Harli declares a need for a clean pair of pants.

      MY PLAN HAS BEEN FOILED

        It's tempting to say that I saw you coming from a mile away... but given my original comment there are implications attached to that statement that I had not originally intended.

          Hahahahaha! You must have great vision Bunny :p all those carrots hey?

        Don't you mean, soiled Harli? :P

        Why am I only seeing this article now? Why.

    OooOooo hope I get an invite soon. Just what the doctor ordered.

    “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,” the post says. “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.”

    Further proof that Half Life 2 Episode 3 is abandonded - Why else would they fail to provide any update to it's status.

      I think it is pretty safe to say at this point that they must be developing a new engine for the next game in the Half Life series.

      Portal 2 still looked pretty amazing, but it appeared that Valve was really pushing that current iteration of the Source engine to the limit.

      Anyway cant go wrong with larger public Beta test. Win / Win for everyone.

        People have said that about the last several source games, and each successive release has a better version of source.

        Don't underestimate the work required to create software from scratch, or the value of having mature, reliable components.

          yeah, slightly unrelated but banks run off 50 year old software often, just sayin. if its not worth updating they just dont do it

    Half-Life: Episode 3 is an Urban Myth..... like Duke Nukem Forever.

    Releasing earlier than first thought?
    THIS ISN'T VALVE!

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