DOTA 2 not out “until next year”

Valve boss Gabe Newell might be upsetting fans of upcoming fantasy strategy title DOTA 2 by saying that it won’t be out until 2012, but rest assured, there will be plenty of opportunities to get hands-on before that.

“We’ll just go into progressively wider and wider distribution,” explained Newell, referring to both the invitation and public betas planned for after the on-going Gamescom tournament and later this year, respectively. “But then, with a game like this, you just keep shipping. You add new heroes. You try out new game modes. You are constantly tweaking item and hero balance. It’s very much an ongoing thing,” he added.

DOTA 2 is the sequel to the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients, and was presumed to be released this year until Newell said otherwise. But the development team is hard at work, going through “four or five different versions of the user interface, getting it to the point where we’ve addressed the feedback we’ve got from those guys,” referring to the testers.

“Then we’ll probably start worrying about how we’ll monetise it,” said Newell. For now, enjoy this trailer.