Valve's DoTA edges closer to release

Icefrog may not have created Defense of the Ancients, but he’s currently in charge of the game, which was just updated to v6.68c. He’s also hard at work at Valve Software, who recently employed him to lead a team creating “very exciting stuff”.

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Quite what that stuff is, we don’t exactly know, but the trail of breadcrumbs is drawing us ever-closer to the big reveal, and many tipsters are putting their money on a proper, polished, retail release of DoTA.

The biggest recent clue was classic voice-over artist Jon St. John – the voice of Duke Nukem – babbling on his Twitter account:

Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA. The guys at Valve Software are awesome!

…predictably, that tweet has now been deleted – the plot thickens!

Then, Valve themselves trademarked “DOTA” – the acronym, but apparently not the fully spelled-out version of the name.

So – we’re still not entirely sure what’s in the works here. There’s been a whole bunch of DoTA-styled games released recently, with Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends immediately springing to mind – but would these ‘impostors’ hold up to a revamped version of “the real thing”?

It’s also worth remembering that the original Defense of the Ancients was a mod for Warcraft 3, based on a map from the original StarCraft. With StarCraft II released just a couple of weeks ago – complete with a hefty map editor – is there a market for a fully-fledged DoTA release?

Either way, we’ll find out soon enough, as Valve cannot keep this baby under wraps much longer.

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