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Valve has just announced they’re creating their own a standalone version of Dota Auto Chess.
For those unaware, Dota Auto Chess is the most popular Custom Game in the Dota 2 client developed by Chinese studio Drodo Studio, boasting a whopping 8.5 Million Subscribers and over 3 Million unique players. We assumed Valve was interested in pursuing its own version of Auto Chess when it was revealed to have trademarked a new Dota title, "Dota Underlords."
Valve’s Blog Post states:
“In February we flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they’d want to collaborate directly with us”
“We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest.”
With the help of Valve, Drodo has already developed and released their version (which does not feature any Dota assets) of the custom game titled: Auto Chess. To show their support for Drodo studios, Valve also stated that they’ve “worked with them to help the existing DAC mod players migrate their account progress over to their new game”.
Drodo has also stated:
”We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo’s standalone game. Valve has been a great company, who gave birth to the Steam Platform and open community like Workshop, enabling millions of players to display their talents. Being a fan of Dota2, we have great confidence in Valve’s new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve’s support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game. We endeavor to offer more to you, all the fans that like Auto Chess. Thank you, it’s you that are making this possible. We look forward to growing together!”
You can download the game for Android devices HERE. Once you download and install the game, a login box should appear once you open the game. Enter the email and password credentials that you used on Drodo's official website and start playing the game!
Drodo studios also announced that the iOS Alpha version of Auto Chess is coming soon! You can sign up for the Alpha test by following the instructions in the Tweet below.
As for Valve’s version of Auto Chess, they haven’t given us a timeline of when their version of the game will launch. Nor have they given out any information about whether the game will be a PC-only game or whether it'll be compatible with Mobile devices.
We can only assume that development is still in its infancy stage. Valve has stated that it will “share more information about this soon.” Until then we’ll have to make do with Drodo’s custom game in the Dota 2 Client.
Author's Opinion: It is almost poetic that Dota 2 which was born as a custom game in Warcraft 3, has spawned a Custom Game of its own that might surpass its own player base.
The fact that Valve has attempted to work with Drodo Studios to make their own version of Auto Chess shows that they still follow the same ideology (where they hired icefrog to make Dota 2) which resulted in massive success.
With Valve's last game: Artifact being quite the disappointment, expect Valve to go the extra mile with Auto Chess, which in turn is better for the community.