Valve, los nuevos padres de DoTA 2, han confirmado esta noche que el juego será, en definitiva, Free2Play, es decir, gratis para todos quienes esten interesados, y al mismo tiempo, han confirmado la apertura de la DotA Store.
Se trata de una tienda (como la de Diablo III) que permitirá a los jugadores vender items (o comprar) para su uso dentro del juego, aún sin clarificar si se trata de dinero real u “oro digital”.
DotA 2 está planeado para finales de este año en PC exclusivamente, y a la vuelta del salto, les dejamos el comunicado oficial de Valve al respecto
CONFIRMED: DOTA 2 FREE TO PLAY
Introducing the Dota Store and Steam Workshop Integration
May 31, 2012 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today confirmed that Dota 2 will be free to play and announced the Dota Store in preparation for the game’s release.
Upon its opening, the Dota Store will offer items created by Valve and members of the community that may be used immediately and carried over after the public launch of the game. Early Access to the game is not required to purchase items before launch. However, gamers may get into the game now by purchasing the Dota 2 Early Access Bundle of items.
“The opening of the Dota Store is a big part of our final push to launch,” said IceFrog, design lead on Dota 2. “With support for the Steam Workshop, the majority of the items made available on day one were created and being sold by members of the community. By making the game Free to Play, we hope to give gamers the ability to decide how – and how much – they want to invest in the game.”
Targeted for full release on the PC later this year, Dota 2 promises to take the unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers around the world.
Later this summer Valve will host the International Dota 2 Championships 2012 in Seattle, WA.
For more information on Valve and its games, please visit www.dota2.com