Defense of the Ancients 2 like many other games these days is now heading towards a free-to-play game model. Valve Co-founder Gabe Newell gave an interview to gaming podcast Seven Day Cooldown. In the interview Newell admits that DOTA2 will be free to play, but using a system unlike any other currently used in the gaming industry.
Newell commented “Think of individual games as instance dungeons of a larger experience…” which lead the podcasts hosts to speculate that Valve had plans to turn Steam into a social network of sorts. In denying the idea, Newell did say though that it would be like nothing seen before. Overall the interview recorded by Polygon was extremely crypic. It seems as though Valve intends to link games together and reward players for their contributions in some new way.
Steam has been under increasing pressure recently as other digital game stores such as GameStop’s Impulse and Electronic Arts’s Origin have given rise to increased competition and called Valve’s longstanding monopoly of the digital delivery industry into question. It’s often been said that other studios spend years playing catch-up to Valve, perhaps this is their effort to once again jump ahead of the pack.