Fan feedback as catalyst for change.
A post on the Dota 2 official blog from Valve’s ‘Icefrog’ (stupid name), has revealed that the game’s launch plans have changed based on the feedback from fans.
“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,” he/she/it said.
“But the feedback we’re seeing everywhere is that people just want to play it, even though there’s still a ton of heroes yet to be implemented… So we decided our original plan was dumb.”
“Welcome to the new plan: 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.”
Moving on, Icefrom said that the game will remian in beta for a while longer, but players will be able to take their own video, screen shots, live streams etc without restriction to show the world what they’re playing.
A firm release date has still yet to be confirmed.
Hurray for people power and all that jazz!