Dota 2 will be available for everyone by August.
Dota 2, the free-to-play MOBA from Valve is officially launching this summer. The massively popular title has been in beta since September 2011, and millions of people have already spent countless hours playing the game. In a statement to GameSpot, Valve's VP of Marketing, Doug Lombardi, said that Dota 2 will be released in full in North America and Europe before this year's International 3 competition in August.
The International 3 is being held August 7-11 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Currently, thanks to Valve's Dota 2 International Compendium, the prize pool is sitting at a cool $2.3 million.
"Dota 2 is a phenomenal game with elements of strategy and competition that has already garnered much fame in North America and Europe," Valve's Director of Dota 2 Erik Johnson said. "With the help of Nexon and its experience in the Korean market we hope to have great success."
When Dota 2 goes live this summer, anyone who wants to try their hand at the MOBA will be able to do so free of charge. Additionally, Nexon, the distributor of Dota 2 in South Korea, have announced that they will invest $1.7 million in to the competitive scene over the first year of its release. They'll begin with an $8,000 tournament where the winning team will earn travel and lodging to The International as VIP spectators.
From now until when the game is released, there are several features that fans are still hoping to see in the game. These features include a finished tutorial, LAN support, more Heroes, Ladder support, and custom games. We'll just have to wait and see if any of this makes it in, but out of the whole list the most important feature that's not in the game yet is the tutorial. Without it, new players are going to be completely lost when trying the game out for the first time, so hopefully we'll see more updates on that soon.