If you are an avid gamer or at least frequent Valve’s Steam marketplace you have undoubtedly heard of Dota. If you haven’t it stands for Defense of the Ancients and came to be as a Warcraft 3 mod that since evolved into it’s own stand alone game, Dota 2. The stand alone version has widely surpassed the popularity of the original and is competitively played internationally.
In order to refresh the aging success Valve the company behind Dota 2 has announced a new upcoming beta for a face lifted version they are titling “Dota 2 Reborn”. The rework boasts a new user interface, a completely new game engine and custom game modes. The engine is the successor to the hugely successful source engine that has been powering Valve’s games ever since it debuted over 10 years ago with the launch of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source. Dota 2 Reborn will also feature improvements to the Dota TV interface to improve the spectator experience of the game.
Developers promised more information on the game engine and an open beta launch by the end of next week. The beta period will be filled with frequent updates and bug fixes and changes will be made based on feedback Valve receives so be sure to download the beta client to help make an impact on the final version. Game play and heroes and going to be kept looking and feeling the same and Valve stated if you notice anything out of line with that to please let them know.
You can get a sneak peak at the new interface here: