Dota 2

What does a hero truly need? Is it strength, agility, or intelligence? That of course is up to the hero to decide.

After almost ten years of being a mod for Warcraft III, the highly popular game Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is finally going to have a proper game of its own.

The new game, Dota 2 (note the fact that the ‘a’ is in the lowercase), is developed by Valve Corporation, the same developer that brought us the ever-popular Counter Strike and the Left 4 Dead series. The game uses the Source 3D engine, which is the same engine used in Team Fortress 2 and the Left 4 Dead series. This means that the new game’s graphics will be much better than the old one’s by a long shot.

Based on the trailer, Dota 2 would most likely recreate the characters and the map of the old game, and would also feature the old game’s two opposing sides (possibly renamed into the Radiant and the Dire) item and leveling system. There may be other changes, but they remain unconfirmed or unknown for now. The game would also need the Steam software to activate, much like the original versions of Valve’s other recent games, like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Whether this will affect gamers here in the Philippines still remains to be seen.

The International,” a Dota 2 tournament, is being held by Valve in Cologne, Germany. It features the 16 best DotA teams in the world, who would compete against each other for the grand prize of $1 million. I can’t believe it either.

Fans of the old game would undoubtedly be glad to get their hands on Dota 2. However, the fact that is appears now to be nothing more than DotA with improved graphics, people who are tired of DotA‘s repetitive gameplay may want to skip on it.