Valve has more bandwidth to play with too, with more servers in more locations. Steam users will also finally, after years of requests, be able to schedule and prioritise downloads, and throttle bandwidth. To go along with the new content system, Valve's created new tools for developers and publishers. It says these "simplify the process of both publishing and updating a game on Steam," meaning "it takes the partner and us less time to ship each product, so we can ship more stuff to more users." Splendid. The new content system has yet to fully roll out, and presently is only used if you download HD videos from Steam. Valve says we can expect "more and more" Steam content to be delivered by the new system "over time," including the much-anticipated Dota 2 "soon." Just like that, they drop the D-word then casually move on as if it were nothing. Valve's sequel to the monumentally popular Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod DotA Allstars was announced in October 2010 but, a few details aside, little solid has been heard from it since. However, European games show Gamescom recently listed Valve as displaying a strategy game. Dota 2's all we know of that could fit the bill, so the grand unveiling could be coming at, or before, the show in August. Last we heard, DotA 2 was due to be released for PC and Mac some time this year. DotA Allstars' current developer, the mysterious 'IceFrog,' has joined Valve to work on it.
DotA 2 artwork