In May, Valve announced that it was developing its own version of Dota Auto Chess, now that the original creators of the popular Dota 2 mod, Drodo, are focusing on a stand-alone version (which has since been revealed as an Epic Games Store-exclusive PC game). Today, Valve put a name on its Auto Chess competitor: Dota Underlords.
According to Valve, Dota Underlords is a “new stand-alone game that pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew in a battle of dominance for the city of White Spire.” On the Dota website, Valve said that Dota Underlords will require “superior tactics” not twitch reflexes. The developer also outlined the game’s offline single-player and online multiplayer options:
Play online against seven other players.
Practice offline against our lineup of advanced bots (from easy to hardcore difficulty).
Party up and play together against bots or other players.
Dota Underlords will be released through Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It’s also coming to Android and iOS devices, and Valve promises cross-play and shared progression across all platforms.
Dota 2 players will be able to take part in the Dota Underlords open beta if they own a Battle Pass for the MOBA. The Dota 2 Battle Pass for The International 2019 starts at $9.99. More details are available on the official Dota website.