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Valve launches DOTA 2 Reborn beta

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Valve launches DOTA 2 Reborn beta
DOTA 2 Reborn reveals a new interface, a new engine, and the ability to play and create custom games

MANILA, Philippines – Valve on Wednesday, June 17, launched the beta testing phase for an updated version of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game DOTA 2, called DOTA 2 Reborn.

A new subsection on the game’s website said that DOTA 2 Reborn “brings with it a new interface, new engine, and Custom Games.”

New Interface

DOTA 2 Reborn’s user interface, along with the entire dashboard, was rebuilt to make it more intuitive and easier to use. The new UI framework also makes the game more lightweight, while allowing for a stronger foundation for adding new features through future updates.

The Hero Browser, Watch section, and tutorials have also been updated.

The new Hero Browser makes it simpler to find heroes, learn about them, and practice with them, while the Watch section has improvements that make it easier to find specific matches while enhancing the user experience of watching games.

The new tutorial lets the player engage in a Guided Bot Match, allowing them to “experience a full Dota game, all the while receiving guidance from an AI director.”

Custom games

Valve now allows players to create custom games using a suite of new development tools, allowing those custom games to be rated on by others and spotlighted if they gain steam among DOTA 2 players.

As Valve explains, “These games can be anything from a grand brawl between ten Invokers, to a story-driven dungeon adventure, to something creative that no one has seen before.”

Valve has also authored its own custom game, called Overthrow, as an example of the new systems in place.

The Source 2 engine

The force behind this updated version of DOTA 2 is the Source 2 engine. It touts “technology for rendering improvements, performance optimizations, higher fidelity content, and richer, more dynamic games.”

Along with the Source 2 engine comes the rebirth of the Source Filmmaker, which lets users create short films set in the DOTA universe. Users can take advantage of the same tools, maps, models, particles, and sounds Valve’s animators used to build the Dota 2 Reborn Custom Games trailer.

Improved networking

Lastly, the new engine is backed up by better networking. Valve built a new network backbone, connecting its United States, European, and Asian datacenters. A new game server relay network protocol lets the system “quickly adapt to determine the optimal route to the game server and take best advantage of our backbone.” This means better connections and more optimal routing for people’s games.

Along with this, protections against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are now in place, with the addition of specialized mitigation hardware to Valve’s network edge locations. The new relay protocol also helps defend against DDoS by quickly switching out any potential network disruptions with better relays.

DOTA 2 Reborn can be installed by selecting “DOTA 2 Reborn” in the Play tab on a fully installed version of DOTA 2. This will start a download for the beta client. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.