Valve has announced that it will make a standalone version of the hit Dota 2 mod, Auto Chess.
Dota 2 Auto Chess is the most successful arcade game in history so far with over 3,000,000 active players. It’s so popular that many organizations started to host different tournaments with various prizes. On top of that, Drodo Studios, the creators of Auto Chess, have made their own Mobile version of the game which is now available on Android.
Valve To Make Standalone Auto Chess
The US company did not pay as much attention to the popular arcade game at first. However, when the numbers started to kick in, Valve approached the “makers” of Auto Chess. Sadly, the two parties could not come to an agreement. This outcome meant only one thing – Valve will be making their standalone version of the game.
Will it be better than Artifact?
Artifact is definitely not Valve’s bread and butter. The game failed to live up to the expectations that surrounded it and is now one of their least popular titles. There are many reasons for its failure, but the biggest one might be the sheer complexity of the game. It’s definitely not something that many people are looking forward to, especially in a world full of battle royals.
However, unlike Artifact, Valve’s Auto Chess version will have to compete with the Auto Chess mod itself. This makes their task very hard because they need to bring something new to the table in order to “seduce” the players. Perhaps the most important thing is to make the game free-to-play. That’s part of Artifacts flaws when you compare it to Hearthstone for example.
What will it be like
In order to stand out from the current Dota mechanics, Valve will have to make some changes. Currently, Auto Chess uses nearly the same heroes abilities as in Dota itself. However, it wouldn’t make any sense to just copy those mechanics into the new game.
Gabe Newell’s company is definitely capable of making some great titles. Hopefully, they will not do the same mistakes as in Artifact.
The future of Auto Chess as an Esport
Auto Chess has an enormous following, and having a huge amount of followers is a clear sign that people love to play the game. Do they enjoy watching it though? If we look at some of the biggest streamers, we’ll see that they also tend to play some Auto Chess. However, Reckful, for example, loses somewhere between 40 to 50% of his usual viewers once he starts playing. This means that most of the people outside Dota are not yet interested enough to pay more attention to the game.
This is prone to change once Valve develops the new game. If it turns out to be good, it will definitely attract more people, which means a bigger audience as well. This could mean that Auto Chess might become a future Esport.
Of course, there are many other logistics involved but only time will tell whether it will happen. Until then, feel free to play Auto Chess in Dota and on your mobile phone.