Dota 2's massive First Blood update will launch alongside a content pack for excellent test subjects.
Crossovers aren't something we see much of in videogames, at least not compared to comic books or superhero movies. Unless you're playing something like Poker Night at the Inventory, characters are usually locked behind proprietary trademarks that prevent appearances in other games or franchises. The only realistic loophole is if you happen to own multiple gaming trademarks, something Dota 2 publisher Valve has no shortage of. That's why on September 23rd, Dota 2 will find a new announcer in the form of GLaDOS, Portal's AI antagonist and test chamber advocate.
Dota 2's Portal pack stands alongside the Bastion, Dr. Kleiner, and Defense Grid sets for turning videogame character into in-match announcers. The complete set includes GLaDOS, Aperture Science Wardcores, and even a Portal-inspired HUD to make you feel like an excellent test subject.
The Portal 2 pack's launch will correspond with Dota 2's First Blood update, a massive patch encompassing a variety of new features. The biggest additions to the game include Local Network support, a Backpack-replacing Armory, and the Captain's Draft gameplay mode. Captain's Draft gives teams a randomized pool of twenty-four heroes, only to have teams ban available heroes until the battle line-up is ready.
The full list of Dota 2 changes can be found here. The Portal pack itself can be purchased from the Dota 2 store on Monday.