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Sep 23, 2011

DoTA 2 Open Beta Coming Soon, Valve Says

After the recent leak of the Dota 2 closed beta, Valve, the developer and publisher of the new strategy title, has revealed that it's changed its own plans for the pre-release version of the game, and that it's going to open the beta stage to everyone in the near future.

Valve's current big project is Dota 2, with the company working hard to launch a proper follow-up to the extremely popular Defense of the Ancients mod that appear for Blizzard's WarCraft III real time strategy title.

Its plans were spoiled a bit, as the files from the current Dota 2 closed beta stage were leaked at the beginning of the week.

Now, after seeing the results of the reveal, Valve has confessed that it's changed its strategy for the Dota 2 beta, and that it's going to release it for everyone to enjoy soon enough.

"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," Valve revealed.

The company has now changed this outlook, thanks to the positive hype from the beta leak and the impressive reception it had with current closed beta testers.

"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. We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time."

There won't be any restrictions in regards to the new beta, as players can capture screenshots, record videos and share their thoughts about it. During this testing stage, Valve is going to deploy regular updates, introducing new heroes or features, as well as improvements to the actual gameplay.

Until the closed beta is opened to all, Valve advises gamers to sign up to participate in it (which you can do at this link), so that they'll get their invitation once it's opened or perhaps a bit earlier than that.


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