The lights are on
Today, Valve announced that its much-anticipated Dota 2 will be free-to-play, and garner revenue through microtransactions in an in-game store.
The move was revealed on the official Dota 2 blog. The post went to lengths to disabuse gamers of the notion that they will be nickel-and-dimed to death in order to succeed in the game, as is the case with some free-to-play games, saying, "Dota 2 will not be a pay-to-win game. All the items in the store are cosmetic, and don’t affect gameplay…. All of the heroes will be available free of charge. We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it’s something we plan to avoid."
There is also a new FAQ on the Dota 2 site that answers a number of other questions you might have about the game going free-to-play.
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maybe ill pay it after all!
Did they really have a choice? I mean, with RIOT making LoL F2P and several other clones coming out, to stay competitive I don't see how they couldn't. I mean, it's Valve, and the server quality etc. is a plus, but I think it's definitely the right choice to get more of an audience.
god, I love valve. They're such a quality act. They salute their fans and players much more often than they are called upon to. I send a gratuitous salute right back at them.
Yes. Thanks you Valve for being even more awesome by doing this. Get Half Life 3 or Portal 3 out and we'll be fine.
Excellent, now to wait for the game's release.
Haha, the l33t players of DotA must be breaking their $3000 PCs right about now. Newb invasion!
I'm gonna be in that invasion :)
Great to see some companies can still make quality F2P.
Much appreciated Valve :D