It's amazing how the massively online battle arena (MOBA) genre is one of the most popular on PC. Reason being, the learning curve and the tutorials aren't usually the greatest, making accessibility a glaring concern unless you have a bunch of friends helping you out. It's something Valve, the company behind Dota 2 (short for Defense of the Ancients 2) has realised, and has proceeded to overhaul the game in a huge way.
"Many of you told us that while our existing tutorials were good for teaching Dota's mechanics, they weren't great at helping new players understand why Dota is awesome. So we've built a new system of Guided Bot Matches, which allows a new player to jump right in and experience a full Dota game, all the while receiving guidance from an AI director," reads Dota 2 Reborn, a new site launched by Valve to explain its changes.
This is not all. At the same time, the company has overhauled the entire UI in an attempt to make it more streamlined. But perhaps the biggest draw is that the game now apparently runs on Valve's Source 2 engine.
"Today we are announcing the Dota 2 Reborn beta, which brings with it a new interface, new engine, and Custom Games. Everything in the dashboard has been redesigned utilizing a new UI framework and the engine that powers the game has been fully replaced," a post on Valve's Dota 2 blog reads.
The open beta has not yet been released, and Valve elaborates, "Early next week we'll be talking about Custom Games, and later that week we'll conclude with various details about the new engine and launch the open beta."
With League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm nipping at its heels, these additions to Dota 2 could not have come at a better time. Are these changes enough to get you to play Dota 2? Let us know in the comments.