The masterminds behind our beloved Defense of the Ancients are working on a brand new game... and it looks like it could be something big.
In some very exciting news, Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak (one of the original creators of the Defense of the Ancients mod) and Steve 'Pendragon' Mescon (creator of the DotA-Allstars.com community website) have joined forces with Los Angeles based games developers Riot Games, Inc. to make an all new game, which is said to expand on a lot of the concepts pioneered by DotA Allstars
"League of Legends will bring gamers competitive battle-arena style gameplay that builds upon and expands on innovative gameplay concepts that were pioneered in DotA-Allstars, one of the most popular mods of all time," Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO, Riot Games, said. "The team is applying its expertise and passion to producing a game that fuses premium art and gameplay features with deep community tools."
The game seems to be a combination of DotA, RTS and MMORPG. The player controls a 'summoner', who gains experience and items over time, and who can control 'champions', which have passive and active skills very similar to the heroes in DotA.
"League of Legends will feature custom-built multiplayer support including matchmaking, stat tracking, clan support, anti-cheat systems, dedicated in-game ladders and Leaverbuster technology."
The emphasis seems to be on creating a very strong competetive multiplayer community, although there will be a single player with AI controlled bots for newcomers.
It seems the current mastermind behind DotA, IceFrog, is not working on the game. A post from Pendragon on the League of Legends forums said "We have a great respect for IceFrog and all of the work he has done with DotA Allstars. He is not currently working with us on League of Legends."
The first screenshots and the teaser trailer are up now on the League of Legends official site, and the development team is currently looking for beta testers, to begin in 2009.
So... if you're as excited by the sound of this game as I am, then check it out by clicking the link below!!
Links leagueoflegends.com - Official Site
riotgames.com - Developer's Site