When it comes to community made gametypes it’s tough to beat DotA (Defense of the Ancients). With Valve’s "sequel" to the popular mod in the works, Dota 2, many might be wondering what is to become of the current 'Defense of the Ancients: Allstars'. Developer IceFrog has out out a FAQ where he answers a number of pertinent questions with regards to both the current DotA and the project at Valve.
Community loyalty is going to be the driving factor behind how long DotA: Allstars continues. IceFrog (real name Abdul Ismail) says that as long as there is demand for updates from the community he will continue to make improvements to the mod, but Ismail is still being realistic about the future. Long-term he thinks that Dota 2 is the future as this new game will have numerous updates to the limitations of DotA: Allstars.
Jumping into a game that has been around for so long might seem like a daunting task but Dota 2 will provide plenty of opportunities for gamers to get acquainted:
“Some of what makes it hard, in current DotA, stems from the lack of services around the game that can help foster a better relationship between players and that it’s hard for players to be matched up with equally skilled allies and opponents. Things like tutorials, matchmaking, AI bots, identity, coaching, and community contribution will go a long way to making it easier for new players to fit in.”
With the combination of IceFrog's expertise and a reliable PC developer like Valve, fans shouldn’t have anything to worry about. To read all of IceFrog’s answers to community questions regarding Dota 2, head over to the official site and check out the Q&A.
Where do you fall in the scheme of things? Would you like continued support for Dota or do you see yourself moving over to the sequel when it is released?
Dota 2 is set for a 2011 release date on the PC and Mac, via Steam.