Game Informer kept the news under their hat since last night, but now they have confirmed Valve’s next game will be Defense of The Ancients 2, a sequel to the popular Warcraft III mod. It’s due for next year, and Game Informer have a lengthy write up of the game as well as some concept images.
The enormous following generated by DotA’s deep gameplay is unprecedented. Today, years after its release, a third-party site hosting an update can get hammered by more than six million downloads in a day. The mod spawned a new subgenre, commonly referred to as “action-RTS,” that contains two successful commercial games in League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth (and the unfortunate flop Demigod) as well as DotA-Allstars itself. Valve Corporation, the company beloved for its Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and Left 4 Dead series as well as its outstanding Steam digital distribution and matchmaking platform, is making its entry into this still-growing genre next year with Dota 2.