Valve announces development of standalone Dota Auto Chess game
Valve wants to make their own version of Dota Auto Chess, and they’re willing to do so with or without the game’s original developers.
The publisher announced the Dota 2 official blog that a standalone version of the popular gaming mod is now in development. Interestingly, Valve announced that it was doing it with the blessing of original designer Drodostudio, but not with his help.
“In February, we flew the Drodo team from China to discuss the future of Dota Auto Chess and see if they would like to work with us directly,” Valve said. “We had some great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo couldn’t work directly together for various reasons. We ended up agreeing that we will each build our own standalone version of the game and support each other as much as possible. “
Dota Auto Chess rolled out in January as a user-created game mode in Dota 2. The mod transforms the MOBA into a turn-based survival board game, offering a surprising amount of depth and creativity. Auto Chess instantly caught fire and attracted millions of new players, breathing new life into the Dota 2 community and converting a number of professional players from other games.
The initial expectation was for Valve to partner with Drodostudio to create a standalone PC version of the game. Instead, Drodo announced a partnership with a Chinese application developer that made it possible to port Auto Chess to devices. mobiles with redesigned characters and all references to Dota 2 removed.
Still, Valve won’t let Drodo’s departure stop him from capitalizing on Auto Chess’s burgeoning success. According to the blog post, Valve is working on its own standalone version of the game with some differences between the two sides.
Apart from its existence, no plans have been announced regarding the standalone version of Auto Chess. No speculative release date or pricing has been announced, with Valve’s statement ending with a vague note of “We’ll share more on this soon.”
In the short term, Drodostudio has said it will continue to update the existing Auto Chess game mode for the time being while continuing to roll out its mobile adaptation.