Valve has declared it will make a standalone version of Dota Auto Chess, an astoundingly well-known custom game mode for Dota 2 developed by Chinese studio Drodo Studio. With the assistance of Valve, Drodo will develop and support a non-Dota Chinese from just called Auto Chess, while Valve will chip on the independent Steam / Dota version.
“In February we flew the Drodo team over from China to talk about the fate of Dota Auto Chess, and to check if they’d want to team up directly with us,” the announcement reads.
“We had incredible conversations, but we both arrived at the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work straightforwardly with each other for an assortment of reasons. We ended up concurring that we’ll each build our very own independent version of the game, and support each other to the fullest.”
Drodo has been developing an independent, non-Dota mobile version for quite a while, and Valve will enable the studio to move DAC mod record progress over to the mobile version. As for Valve’s Dota rendition of Auto Chess, we should expect more information about that “soon”.
Philippa described Dota Auto Chess as “the euphoric deck-based Dota 2 game that Artifact isn’t” when she reviewed it up in February. In reality, if its prosperity is anything like Dota 2—itself dependent on a Starcraft mod—then it’ll effectively leave Artifact in its dust.
Curiously, Valve has not done what it did with Dota and Portal and just hired the people making Auto Chess. The Steam-controlled mega studio explained in a blog entry that in the wake of playing Auto Chess “approximately 1 billion times,” it tried to team up with Chinese developer Drodo Studio on an independent version of the game, yet that both parties “came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with one another for a number of reasons.”
So all the things considered, Drodo is chipping away at an Auto-Chess-roused mobile game to which Valve will help move users, and Valve is developing its own official version of Dota Auto Chess “with Drodo’s favoring.” Drodo will likewise continue to upgrade the Dota 2 mod version of Auto Chess.
For those who haven’t attempted it, Auto Chess is essentially nothing like either chess or Dota, which implies—thank god—it’s easy to get into. It’s quick paced and strategic, centering around automated fights between heroes that both players buy from a shared pool. The objective is to try and make combos and synergies between select legends while additionally avoiding counters to those particular legends.
Auto Chess now has over 8 million subscribers in Dota 2‘s Steam Workshop, frequently drawing a huge number of thousands of concurrent players. It is, by most measures, one of the well-known games on Steam, so it makes perfect sense that Valve would need to dip its fingers into that gold-encrusted pie. Or on the other hand, I guess further into that pie, now.