Dota 2 developer Valve has confirmed that new and original heroes are on their way to the popular game.
Valve’s Erik Johnson admitted in an interview with IGN that the famed developer would be creating new heroes from scratch once they have finished importing the few remaining heroes from Dota All-Stars that have not yet been introduced to Dota 2.
Only five such heroes remain. The first to be brought to Dota 2 will be Techies, a hero first demonstrated during The International 4 when Evil Genius’ Canadian star Artour “Arteezy” Babaev was allowed to play him during the event’s all-star exhibition game.
Fans broke out in rapturous applause as the character burst onto the screen accompanied by a dramatic pyrotechnics display in Seattle’s KeyArena.
The other four heroes waiting to be transitioned are Arc Warden, Oracle, Pit Lord, and Winter Wyvern.
Fans still shouldn’t start holding their breath just yet. Valve has been very methodical in their recent implementation of new heroes, and there’s no reason to expect that to change after Techies are added to the game.
Johnson also made clear that the developer currently has no plans to pursue a new game in the Dota series. This makes sense given that Dota 2 is free-to-play and any sequel likely would be as well, requiring Valve to reinvest in the development process without the payoff of new game sales waiting to offset that cost.
Valve would certainly stand to continue profiting from cosmetic items in a new edition of the game, but those same profits are already available in Dota 2.
The Techies hero is set to be introduced to the game with the next patch.
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