DoTA 2 will be F2P with a twist

By on April 22, 2012

MOBA to take player’s actions into account.

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Valve’s Defense of the Ancients 2 (or DoTA 2) will be free-to-play, Reddit superstar Gabe Newell said in an interview with Seven Day Cooldown.

The MOBA will adopt a unique “freemium” system where players will be rewarded based on their actions.

“It’s going to be free-to-play,” Newell said. “It’ll have some twists, but that’s the easiest way for people to think about it.”

“The issue that we’re struggling with quite a bit is something I’ve sort of talked about before, which is ‘How do you properly value people’s contributions to a community?’” Newell explained. “We’re trying to figure out ways so that people who are more valuable to everybody else, that that’s recognized and accommodated. We all know people where if they’re playing we want to play, and there are other people where if they’re playing we would, like, [rather] be on the other side of the planet.”

“It’s just a question of coming up with mechanisms that recognize and reward people who are doing things that are valuable to other groups of people.”

You can listen to the entire interview here.

DoTA 2 is set to release this year for the PC and MAC. Those wanting a console version will unfortunately have to do without one, with Newell saying it would be a “tougher call” due to the control scheme.


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