Defense of the Ancients 2

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Defense of the Ancients 2 is the sort of game that highlights the unique opportunities the PC brings to video gaming. The original Defense of the Ancients (DotA) was a fan-made mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Where Warcraft III was a more traditional real-time strategy game in its day, DotA gave players control over a single Hero character, and mixed tower-defense and role-playing mechanics.

DotA was popular enough to spawn several, similar games like Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends, and Valve Software has been working with the longest-serving developer of the original game, known anonymously as IceFrog, to develop an “official” sequel. Folks, this is the sort of thing you’re just not going to see in console gaming, probably ever. 

Defense of the Ancients 2 premiered at Gamescom 2011 via a tournament that awarded a million dollars to the winner, and is sure to be a popular release in 2012.