Blizzard announced during last year’s Blizzcon that they were working on an internal Defense of the Ancients mod for Starcraft 2. Titled “Blizzard DotA” – it was announced by senior game desinger, Jonny Ebbert, that the titles has been “flattened.” The mod we got to demo at last year’s Blizzcon has been “completely rebooted.” Back in May, we were also told that the mod had gotten some “massive overhauls.”
Blizzard Product Development and Co-Founder Frank Pearce said, “One of the important things to note with that spaec is the DotA everyone plays on Warcraft 3 is not particularly accessible to the novice. One of the game development philosophies we have at Blizzard is: easy to learn and difficult to master. That mod for Warcraft 3 doesn’t really fit that description.”
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the lands of the massively online battle arena genre, Valve is targeting a 2012 launch for Dota 2 and League of Legends continues its ascension with a new mode, expected soon. More official details about Blizzard DotA, along with however it looks now, will likely be shared at Blizzcon in October.