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Valve moving away from the Battle Pass in Dota 2

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As Dota 2 comes up to the 10 year anniversary, Valve developers have put up a blog post going over some of their thoughts on the future.

The main point they're making in this self-reflection is how the Battle Pass has swallowed up so much of their time, and so much that could have been updates to the game was put into the Battle Pass instead in some form. This means they've had less time for other features for everyone and that "Most Dota players never buy a Battle Pass and never get any rewards from it" - which is really interesting to see them be so honest about it.

So what they ended up doing was taking away some developer resources from the Battle Pass, towards more main updates to the game which is what gave us the recent New Frontiers and patch 7.33 which they say wouldn't have happened if they were still going so hard on the Battle Pass.

Valve said they're going to now continue on this path, building a "wide variety of features and content for the game, delivered in different ways" but they will still ship various cosmetics over the year but they're aiming for bigger stuff for all Dota players to get.

Sounds like a sane idea overall. As they said "By freeing Dota's update and content cycle from the timing and structural constraints of the Battle Pass, we can go back to making content in the way we know best: by coming up with fun ideas of all scales and shapes, and exploring them with you".


I actually played a couple of games with a friend on the new map recently, and it was surprisingly a really great time. The map definitely feels a whole lot better now and the game works really great on Linux too.

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6 comments

Calinou Jun 20, 2023
That's always one of my largest worries with battle passes, or any kind of microtransactions. A lot of time is spent by artists creating cosmetics for those instead of actually improving the core game.

CS:GO kind of gets away with this because skins and most maps are created by the community and some are eventually featured in the game, but most other AAA games don't work this way.
Brokatt Jun 21, 2023
Interesting development. I think their conclusion that they need to improve the game for everybody first and foremost is correct. Compendium and later Battle Pass have grown to become almost a game in itself.
hardpenguin Jun 21, 2023
QuoteI actually played a couple of games with a friend on the new map recently, and it was surprisingly a really great time. The map definitely feels a whole lot better now and the game works really great on Linux too.
Yeah playing with friends, preferably a full team of five is preferable. Unless you don't mind the toxicity...
Cyril Jun 21, 2023
Quoting: hardpenguin
QuoteI actually played a couple of games with a friend on the new map recently, and it was surprisingly a really great time. The map definitely feels a whole lot better now and the game works really great on Linux too.
Yeah playing with friends, preferably a full team of five is preferable. Unless you don't mind the toxicity...

So, same as LoL, but I never played Dota so I can't say which is worse.
hardpenguin Jun 22, 2023
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: hardpenguin
QuoteI actually played a couple of games with a friend on the new map recently, and it was surprisingly a really great time. The map definitely feels a whole lot better now and the game works really great on Linux too.
Yeah playing with friends, preferably a full team of five is preferable. Unless you don't mind the toxicity...

So, same as LoL, but I never played Dota so I can't say which is worse.
I played both - LoL is much worse.
14 Jun 24, 2023
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I usually bought the Battle Pass around TI time, but Dota Plus wasn't worth it to me as a spectator. Hmm... now I'm curious what the long-term business model is to keep the game sustainable. I don't play it myself really, but I like to watch the tournaments.
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