Valve confirmed tonight that DOTA 2
, its upcoming MOBA and guaranteed Basshunter reminder
, will be free to play. But don't worry, you'll still spend plenty of money on it, as Valve simultaneously announced an in-game DOTA Store, which will sell items created both by Valve staff and by users in the Steam Workshop. The store will sell items, but not heroes – "We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it's something we plan to avoid," the team said on the official site.
The store opened tonight, and offers a $39.99 "Early Access Bundle"
of in-game items that also lets the buyer into the ongoing beta. It'll be free to play when the game officially launches this year, but you can buy access to it now. That's
something to think about tonight.