Valve has announced that it is working on its own version of Dota Auto Chess, a custom game mode that turns the moba into a turn-based strategy game and has become wildly popular among the game's fans. It's doing this with the blessing of the studio who created the mode, Drodo Studio.
Dota Auto Chess has quickly become the most popular custom game mode
Valve has a habit of acquiring teams that are making interesting games. It did it with Turtle Rock and Left 4 Dead, the student team making what became Portal, and even its most successful game, Dota 2, was built off the back of a Warcraft 3 mod. Apparently it considered doing this with Drodo, too, but the two teams realised it wasn't going to be possible.
"We flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they'd want to collaborate directly with us," Valve wrote in a blog post. "We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons." Valve doesn't elaborate on those reasons, though Drodo is currently in the process of making a non-Dota version of Auto Chess for mobile.
Despite deciding against an acquisition, the two companies "ended up agreeing that [they'll] each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest."
How closely Valve's take on Auto Chess will follow the original is unclear
What this means for Dota fans is that there will be an officially made version of Dota Auto Chess. Whether this will live inside dota as a game mode, as the current Drodo version does, or if it will be a wholly separate game is unclear. Although, Valve did recently file for a Dota Underlords trademark, so that could potentially be the name for Valve's take on Auto Chess.
It's good to see Valve making games again. Though, the Artifact subreddit isn't taking the news all that well. Considering Valve said it was making significant changes to its card game and it wouldn't be talking to the community until it was ready to reveal them, to then see the studio making another, separate Dota spin off is a bit of a kicker.Have you been playing Dota Auto Chess? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.And, in other news, GAMINGbible is now on Snapchat Discover. Go check us out!
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