The folks at Valve just dropped the mother of all gaming news bombs: One of the most beloved and most played games in the world, Defense of the Ancients--widely known as DOTA--is getting the sequel treatment. Get ready for DOTA 2 on 2011!
For those not familiar with DOTA and its addictive game play, the game was originally built upon the backbone of Blizzard's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and subsequent Frozen Throne expansion pack as a custom scenario. Chock full of real-time strategy and role-playing goodness, the goal of the scenario was for each individual or team participating in the game to destroy the opposing team's "Ancient"--a heavily fortified structure. While this may sound simple enough, DOTA is a subtle, complex affair that is easy to learn but wickedly difficult to master. Years after its original introduction, DOTA is still the corner stone of a large number of elite game competitions around the world. With the game's massive popularity and huge world-wide playerbase, it's no wonder that someone has opted to step up to the plate and make a sequel. In this case, that someone is IceFrog an independant studio that has paired up with Valve to unleash a second helping of awesome sauce to DOTA's dedicated legions of fans.
If there is one game that's sure to bring out the competitors in us on Frag The Editor Fridays, this is it. It goes without saying that we'll be providing you with all the updates on this developing story as they become available.