Defense of the Ancients 2 or simply, Dota 2, Valve Software’s giant fist in the Massive Online Battle Arena (MOBA) gamespace has finally been brought out of beta status.
Shortly on the heels of the Chinese release of the game, Valve dropped the bomb almost in the middle of the night as Dota 2 was released from beta status and for good reason. Valve is slowly admitting players into the fray trying desperately not to overload their servers, as was the case in various blackouts in EU service yesterday in which Valve told EU players to just go to the US servers. This type of roll-out and staggered release shows the popularity of MOBA games in today’s competitive gaming world.
Dota 2 doesn’t go into release status without a bit of controversy from its fans though. Many old-school hardcore players were expecting various champions to be added to the lineup from the original Dota days, but I suppose Valve has to save something for patches… Dota 2 may have started the MOBA craze, but these days it isn’t the only kid in the sandbox. Riot Games, currently the king of MOBAs, touting half a Million players on an average day has its golden child League of Legends (LoL). As well as many other underplayed offerings in the gamespace like Bloodline Champions (A MOBA with no minions), Super Monday Night Combat (A cross between First Person Shooter and MOBA), Smite (A third person chase cam MOBA), among several others. Not to be outdone Turbine Games is throwing it very large MMO hat into the MOBA ring with its upcoming title Infinite Crisis, a game similar to Dota and LoL in terms of traditional play but this time with DC Comic heroes.
So, what are your thoughts on the Release of Dota 2? Did it really matter as everyone had a beta invite or Ten laying around, or does it usher in a new phase of awesome for the game and community? What about all the alternatives, which is your favorite?