There's a new Defence of the Ancients 2 movie in the works, but it's not what you may think it is.
Whenever someone brings up the subject of Valve and movies, it's usually in the context of one of their games. Will there be a Team Fortress 2 movie? Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Half-Life movie? And so on and forth, but for once in a way a Valve-makes-movie rumor is bearing fruit. Defense of the Ancients 2 is the putative subject of Valve's latest documentary, but the meat of the matter is pro gaming; who are the pro gamers, and what motivates them?
The documentary looks at The International 2011 finalists in the $1 million dollar DoTA 2 match, the first of its kind. "These pro gamers," says the trailer, "[are] facing the biggest challenge of their lives." It focuses on gamers from Singapore, the Ukraine and the US as they face personal obstacles as well as in-game foes, to get to the top of the DoTA 2 tree. Valve is being a bit cagy about this project, which seems to be more in the spirit of one of its academic papers than a gamer's movie. Valve did register some interesting trademarks a while back - gamerlifethemovie.com, for one - suggesting that it's interested in a larger concept than just DoTA 2 The Movie.
No concrete release date yet, but if Valve is confident enough to release a trailer then it must be due soon. Besides, The International 2012 is just around the corner; to announce this documentary and then not release it in time for that event would be remarkably silly. Why, it'd be like ending Half-Life 2 on a cliffhanger and not releasing the third game for years and years ...