Valve has become a major player in the virtual reality (VR) space over the past three months. Back at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March the studio behind the likes of Half-Life and Left 4 Dead revealed the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD), supported by its SteamVR system and made in partnership with HTC itself. SteamVR has also become a part of other HMDs such as the FOVE since that time. But while many are excited for what Valve is offering on the hardware side with SteamVR, others want to see what it has planned for software. A glimpse of that may come next week.
Matthew Bailey, a popular Dota 2 player that goes by the name of ‘Cyborgmatt’, has recently taken to Twitter to tease an incoming VR demo of the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience. As seen above, Bailey posted an image of what appears to be the plans for The International Dota 2 Championship, an official event that takes place from 3rd – 8th August 2015 in Seattle, Washington. This part of the plan details ‘VR Demos’, which are said to have begun over the weekend on 26th July. As Vive fans will know, the kit is currently on tour across the USA and does indeed stop in Seattle for the event.
Adding fuel to the fire, Upload VR reached out to Valve’s Chet Faliszek, who teased that there is ‘something else’ Dota related that will be appearing later on today. No word on if this could be the teased VR demo, but VRFocus will keep an eye out for a more official announcement later on.
The tease doesn’t actually come as too much of a surprise given that it’s been known for well over a year that Valve has been working on Dota 2 VR projects. In June of last year VRFocus reported that the company was working on an experience in which players sat at a virtual table that featured one of the title’s iconic arenas on the surface, allowing them to lean down into the map and inspect the action. A second experience had players look on as two Dota 2 characters engaged in battle right in front of them.
Whether or not anything will come from this remains to be seen. The HTC Vive is set to launch towards holiday 2015 and no doubt many would welcome some Dota 2 VR experiences for it. VRFocus will continue to follow the project, reporting back with the latest updates on it.