While many are excited about the hardware aspects of Valve’s work in virtual reality (VR) with its SteamVR system, there’s just as much excitement surrounding its potential software offerings. The company is responsible for some of the most celebrated titles of the past few decades. Among that list is DOTA 2, the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience that’s currently hosting its world championships at The International in Seattle, Washington. VR fans will know that the company has been demoing a DOTA 2 VR experience at the event and now it’s set to show a new one at Gamescom 2015 today.
According to a member of HTC speaking with VRFocus, this new experience is new for Gamescom, making it sound as if it isn’t the same piece that’s been on display in Seattle over the past few days. Valve has previously revealed work on more than one DOTA VR experience, so it’s entirely possible that this is indeed a brand new demo and not something that fans will have seen before. The previous demo visited an iconic store area from the videogame and allowed fans to interact with objects in first-person.
The experience of course runs on the HTC Vive, the first VR head-mounted display (HMD) to support SteamVR. Due for release around this holiday period, the kit is set to reveal its full consumer version in October 2015. A look at its launch line-up is also expected for this time. It’s currently unclear if this new DOTA experience is set to be released to consumers or is simply an Easter egg for fans. The HTC Vive itself is currently on a world tour, stopping at events such as Gamescom, PAX Prime and more over the coming weeks and months.
VRFocus will continue to follow Valve’s work in VR and all of its experiences for the HTC Vive, reporting back with the latest on them.