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Valve working on a stand-alone version of the popular Dota Auto Chess

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Dota Auto Chess, a very popular custom game mode for Dota 2 is being turned into a stand-alone game by Valve.

The Dota 2 arcade is full of interesting games but nothing has really come close to Dota Auto Chess, looking at it right now it has over 125K people playing just this one game mode. It also has over 8 million people subscribed to it, to give you another idea of just how popular it is. Based on player-count, if it manages to keep it for the stand-alone version it would put it into the top-5 games on Steam.

Originally created by Drodo, Valve actually invited them to their offices back in February to see if they "want to collaborate directly with us". Seems it didn't work out, as Valve said in the blog post "we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons". So instead, both Valve and Drodo are working on their own stand-alone version of the game while supporting each other, although the newer one from Drodo is a mobile game. A group at Valve is now at work to make the stand-alone desktop version, with more information about it to be shared "soon".

You can find the original announcement here.

It's interesting to see Valve getting back into making games, especially since Artifact flopped pretty hard and they're now revamping it (or so they say). They also have a big VR game coming up sometime this year that was teased before and now Dota Auto Chess. Hopefully they will eventually remember Left 4 Dead, Portal and Half-Life…

I'm quite interested myself, I like the idea of Dota Auto Chess so to have a proper stand-alone version with a decent tutorial would be very nice. Right now it still feels quite rough, but the idea of it really is good.

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Fishticon 22 May 2019 at 11:16 am UTC
I'd play AutoChess if there was a tutorial for it. I don't know how all those people figured it out.
Ehvis 22 May 2019 at 11:28 am UTC
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FishticonI'd play AutoChess if there was a tutorial for it. I don't know how all those people figured it out.

Probably the same way how I figured out X4. Youtube!
ixo 22 May 2019 at 11:32 am UTC
looking forward to play for fun
Creak 22 May 2019 at 1:17 pm UTC
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I just tried it and honnestly, it needs way more work IMO. It showed a tutorial for maximum 10 seconds and then drop you in the game.. I lost 10 games out of 10 and didn't understood anything of what was happening (although I am already a Dota2 player).

It was very frustrating... (some would say: like the original game ;) )
Gobo 22 May 2019 at 1:22 pm UTC
So they are working on releasing a standalone version of a mod for a standalone version of a mod? Don't get lost in inception!
Liam Dawe 22 May 2019 at 2:04 pm UTC
CreakI just tried it and honnestly, it needs way more work IMO. It showed a tutorial for maximum 10 seconds and then drop you in the game.. I lost 10 games out of 10 and didn't understood anything of what was happening (although I am already a Dota2 player).

It was very frustrating... (some would say: like the original game ;) )
I think that's part of why Valve want to make a stand-alone, it seems like a good game but it needs quite a lot of streamlining to open it to a properly wide audience which Valve have the resources to do. I would probably happily play it if they manage to get it working well and in this case, they're at least doing something that's already popular...
Salvatos 22 May 2019 at 5:58 pm UTC
So how does Auto Chess work? Is Drodo a person or a company?
14 23 May 2019 at 12:13 am UTC
liamdaweSo instead, both Valve and Drodo are working on their own stand-alone version of the game while supporting each other.
There are going to be two versions of the same game, and both parties are going to support each other...? That sounds like it won't work.
thed4rkn1te 23 May 2019 at 2:03 am UTC
Looking through some of the linked information, the Drodo stand-alone game is on Android.

Also, as I understand it, there can be some unusual rules required for business partnerships with PRC companies.
Liam Dawe 24 May 2019 at 4:07 pm UTC
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liamdaweSo instead, both Valve and Drodo are working on their own stand-alone version of the game while supporting each other.
There are going to be two versions of the same game, and both parties are going to support each other...? That sounds like it won't work.
Sorry, I've made that a little clearer. Valve are doing desktop, Drodo mobile.
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