Monday, 22 August 2011
reaction to Dota 2?
Now you know I'm a huge fan of Valve, but I'm curious to hear what you guys think of the recent Dota2 trailer?
Now to be honest, Valve is known for splitting up their development teams and then the last 6 months there's a dramatic change in production for example Left 4 Dead was handled by a team known as Turtle Rock which was originally a Counter Strike source mod that was free on the net using zombie files from Half Life 1. For a solid 4 years they worked on the game and then had all their art changed dramatically when production was handled by the core Valve team.
Now, Dota's long history comes from a Warcraft 3 mod, and it's been split up by other developers who work on League of Legends and other free to play games online and this is one of the last original mod members still working on it. Does it long sorted history really exclude it from looking identical to Warcraft 3 art assets? How much work did valve really put into this?
I've been watching the entire tournament from Gamescom this past weekend and must confess I was intrigued over it even though I'm not a big Dota fan, I played normal WC3 instead. Still the coloring pops, and there's excellent particle systems for the spells. They still call this "Beta" but it looks more then polished for a final release, the tournament was using Unreal Tournament sound file but still some of the voice samples on the characters are there.
So what say you? Is the art bad? or good? or does it get a free pass because it might be a Free to play game? Is it too hardcore tournament level game? And where is Half Life 2 ep3?