Valve confirmed that DoTA 2 will be F2P. Valve also announced that there will be an in-game store where all the players will be able to purchase gear and customize their characters. However, all the items in the store will only be decorative and won’t affect the gameplay in any manner.
All the heroes will be available for free, with Valve stating on the DoTA 2 blog :”We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it’s something we plan to avoid.”
Upon the initiative, the DoTA store will house the items created by Valve and the members of the community. Players will able to use the items instantaneously or carry the items after the public launch of the game. Early access won’t be needed.
However, those who want to get into the game early can buy DoTA 2 Early Access Bundle from Steam for $39.99. The bundle also comes with few items that can be traded.
Dota 2 is scheduled for PC and Mac release this year. The game combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game will include integrated voice chat and computer-controlled characters that will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions, as well as a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers.