Valve have announced that, as of today, Dota 2 has been officially released to the public.
You’d think the game was already released, especially considering the impressive player counts, but the past two years have just been Beta.
More than 3 million people have tested Valve’s ‘MOBA’ title during its gestation and as such, Valve are approaching its full release with a large helping of hesitation.
To avoid mass server crashes and mishaps, as demonstrated in the past by SimCity and Diablo 3, the game will be rolled out in waves to anyone that wants it. If you want in then you’ll need to head to the Dota 2 steam page to register your interest, and then await your invitation.
It’s a process that might sting players, like an annoying prick, but it’s understandable. I guess it ultimately comes down to how quickly the waves of invites are rolled out. For the sake of being able to play, I’m sure people can wait a few hours, but some sorts might get somewhat antsy if things are going to take a few days…
For a full explanation of the release process, check out the official Dota 2 homepage.