Blizzard has been hard at work creating a variation of the popular RTS, Defense of the Ancients, using the StarCraft universe. One of the four interally-developed mods for StarCrat II intended to release the same time as Heart of Swarm expansion has been scrapped. Speaking with Eurogamer, Jonny Ebbert, senior game designer said that the version of the game they showed off at BlizzCon last year has been “flattened.”
“Getting it right and just meeting the Blizzard quality bar, and questioning a lot of the assumptions behind the genre, which is what we do at Blizzard.”
Since then, they have started from scratch echoing some of the mission statements that Valve has been using for DOTA 2. Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Frank Pearce explains:
“One of the important things to note with that space is the DOTA everyone plays on Warcraft 3 is not particularly accessible to the novice. One of the game development philosophies we have at Blizzard is, easy to learn and difficult to master. That mod for Warcraft 3 doesn’t really fit that description.”
Whether or not, the decision was made in response to DOTA 2 reveal at Gamescom if we can get a better mod out of it, I’m all for it.