Dota 3: Developed and published by Valve Corporation, Dota 2 came out over three years ago in July 2013. Naturally, fans are eager to know when the next installment would be launched. Here’re the things, Dota 3 is not launching anytime soon.
Dota 3 Not Happening?
Defence of the Ancients fans on Reddit are speculating: “there’s no point in releasing sequels or anything because it’s not needed unless a relaunch if the games dies.”
A Reddit user named Sandor Clegane explains: The thing about being F2P is that there’s basically zero incentive for the devs to make a sequel. The way F2P games make money is to create a very low barrier to entry for new players with a lot of content once they’re in, then to charge them for extra things.” The user adds, “At the same time, players want new content. Traditionally devs would release that as a sequel, but here we want to keep everyone part of a single, large community, so you release updates instead.”
Sandor Clegane goes on to explain that the Dota 3 will only be a reality when “player base has completely died” and they are either looking for a reboot or a different developer is making attempts to revive. The question is, when a game is long gone, will reviving it be profitable, or worth it?
Dota 3 Release Date
One could be hopeful and speculate that the development of Dota 2 began in 2009 and the title launched on 2013. So development on Dota 3 began right after Dota 2 come out, then the third instalment would be launched in 2017. But this is highly unlikely since there has been no speculation, no rumours, no news or updates on Dota 3.
As per Escapist Magazine, Back in 2010, Valve simultaneously registered a pair of trademarks. Among the two, Dota 2 has materialised unlike Dota 3. The publication states that the United States Patent and Trademark Office classified Dota 3 as “abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued.” The trademark expired in October 2014.
Moreover, back in 2014, when Valve’s Erik Johnson was asked about Dota 3 release date by IGN, Johnson remarked that it doesn’t “really make sense….There’s no point where we say, ‘Alright, we’re done. Let’s move on to the next one.” That make it clear then.