While the original Defence of the Ancients began as a fan-made custom map for Warcraft III, its sequel, DOTA 2, is currently being developed in secrecy by big budget game developer Valve. The announcement that Valve would produce the sequel was met with both skepticism and curiosity, as DOTA 2 would mark Valve’s first attempt at both a fantasy and action RTS title. Much speculation towards the game has been flowing since the game’s announcement, and with a set of newly leaked screens, some of that speculation can be put to rest.
Catch a glimpse of the screens after the break.
The screens are reminiscent of Valve’s art direction in Team Fortress 2 more than their grittier games, such as the Half Life series. With a brighter, almost pastel color palette and clean, angular models, the game is seemingly taking more of a stylized cartoon approach, akin to games like League of Legends or Magicka.
While some fans will no doubt be put off by the less than photo realistic art style, I personally find that it is a positive, and may even go as far as improving the gameplay. In the original DOTA, the dark and gritty colors often made it difficult to understand what was going on, especially in the heat of battle. The brighter, crisper graphics should make it easier to identify what is unfolding on screen. Judging by the few screens we’ve seen, it appears that Valve’s foray into new territory has gotten off on the right foot.