Valve Announces New Dota 2 Hero, Monkey King, Coming This Fall

on August 13, 2016 12:31 PM

Valve has released a teaser for a completely new Dota 2 hero, going by the name of Monkey King. The announcement was made at the conclusion of The International 2016 last night. This will be the first original character of the game, as all current heroes were ported from the original Warcraft III mod, Defence of the Ancients or DotA for short.

The hero is based off Sun Wukong, the protagonist of the 16th century Chinese novel, Journey To The West. Valve has been planning for some time to release new, original heroes as the pool of playable characters reaches almost the same as the original DotA mod. There were also many references made to the possibility of this hero coming to Dota 2, including models that date back to DotA and an in-game item named Monkey King Bar, which can also be seen in the trailer being wielded by Monkey King himself.

The trailer gives us a brief cinematic showing off the newest addition, as well as a vague release date of fall with The New Journey update: