Gabe Newell Confirms Free To Play Rumors For DOTA 2
During a recent podcast Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, briefly mentioned some details regarding the DOTA 2 subscription plan. DOTA 2 is an upcoming MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) title, developed and published by Valve. The game is a direct follow-on from the one of the most Warcraft III mods, Defense of the Ancients. Since then there has been a large variety of MOBA games trying to cash in on this new and exciting genre, the most successful being League of Legends. Other MOBA titles such as Warhammer: Wraith of Heroes, have fallen short and attracted little to no attention showing that even a genre with minimal titles is still a cutthroat business.
Fans of the original DOTA mod will be happy to hear that DOTA 2 has been confirmed as a free to play title, although Gabe did say that the free to play model will vary compared to the industry norm. Gabe also mentioned that they’re hoping to include a new system that will reward players for in-game behavior, such as teaching new players or reporting trouble makers. We’ve seen a similar system in League of Legends, The Tribunal, which basically allows players to review player reports and take appropriate action.
Reports from the DOTA 2 beta aren’t all that promising, many players have said it’s extremely disappointing and lackluster in terms of content but Valve are known for offering full support to their games so maybe there’s hope for this MOBA legend yet.