Valve has announced its own Dota Auto Chess game with the blessing from the original Auto Chess mod team Drodo Studios. The new version of Auto Chess will be a standalone game and is being developed directly by Valve game makers.
In a new blog post, the Dota team announced its own version of Dota Auto Chess. The massively popular mod was originally developed by Drodo Studios in China and has taken the Dota 2 world by storm. We assumed Valve was interested in pursuing its own version of Auto Chess when it was revealed to have trademarked a new Dota title, "Dota Underlords."
According to Valve, the company first reached out to Drodo Studios to see if the two studios could directly collaborate with each other on an official Auto Chess project. However, Valve and Drodo could not seem to reach a formal agreement.
Instead, Valve is keeping up support for Drodo's popular Auto Chess mod as the Chinese developers work on their standalone Auto Chess mobile game. Meanwhile Valve, "with Drodo's blessing," will work on its own Auto Chess game for Dota 2.
"We appreciate the great encouragements, support and help that Valve offered on Dota Auto Chess and Drodo's standalone game," said Drodo in a statement. "Being a fan of Dota 2, we have great confidence in Valve's new game, and expect the next world-class game. In the meantime, with Valve's support, Drodo will continue updating the DAC mod, and attempt to design new modes and adaptations in our stand-alone game."
Valve hasn't revealed details of its in-house Auto Chess title, or whether it's related to the Dota Underlords trademark. We'll have more details as they are revealed.