DotA, or Defense of the Ancients is a very popular mod originally in Warcraft 3, this article serves as a discussion for the upcoming Starcraft 2 DotA mod and Blizzard’s upcoming Starcraft 2 Map Editor.
Update 1 – 2009-04-23 :
In case you’re wondering the possibility of a Starcraft 2 DotA map, the obvious answer is definitely. Blizzard has already spoken regarding this matter and confirmed that the Starcraft 2 engine is very capable of creating DotA-like custom games (Some reports even indicated that abilities of dota heroes are already available in the map editor). For those who are excited in creating your own Starcraft 2 mods and are aiming to create something that would be on a par or even beating better than DotA, then this is your chance! Blizzard’s Starcraft 2 Map Editor was built around the possibility of creating DotA-like games. Due to the massive success of DotA, custom map building in the upcoming Starcraft 2 Map Editor is definitely going to pack a lot of features. We are already certain that leveling up, spells, items, inventory, custom abilities and heroes are all possible. For all those wondering what this means for the future of upcoming mods, remember that “Warcraft 3 have a roughly 5mb limitation, this is why if you notice, some custom maps in Warcraft 3 have a nice model for their heroes while DotA, even with it’s huge success doesn’t. With that 5mb limitation lifted, commercial-like mods is very possible. One feature im hoping for is a custom game protection to prevent theft and clones.
One very interesting thing to consider here is due to the massive popularity of Dota, it will spawn a lot of clones and even fakes pretending to be the official map. Of course, this can easily be fixed by doing a simple announcement from the official DotA website.
Update #2: 2009-04-24
No to Starcraft 2 DotA Haters
This might have fallen out of my radar for quite some time now but a very odd attempt to stop DotA-like mods is up. Though I respect everyone’s opinions, I would say that your reasons for the petition is very unthoughtful and will just hurt the quality of mods. As I pointed out in my first update, we should be very thankful for the mainstream success DotA has brought to us as it will certainly improve the quality of the upcoming Starcraft 2 mods.