Valve announces Dota Underlords, a standalone Auto Chess

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2019

A little less than a month after Valve chose to make a stand-alone version of the explosively-popular Dota Auto Chess mode, Dota Underlords has just been released in closed beta for owners of The International 2019 Battle Pass. It has nothing to do with chess and only superficially related to Dota.

Players will be able to enjoy all of the features they liked in the version of Dota Auto Chess that was built into the Dota 2 client. Unlike the original team vs team game, Auto Chess pits seven players against each other using automated battles (at least it got that right), skill combos, and strategy to win. Those negotiations fell through and the two companies chose to go their own way. Drodo is developing its own standalone Auto Chess but it might have a harder time marketing it in light of Dota Underlords. The preview version of Dota Underlords is now live for all Dota 2 Battle Pass owners, and once the preview circle testing is over, the open beta will be made available to all players for free.

Valve's official spin describes the game as "a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew in a battle of dominance for the city of White Spire".

In its current form, Underlords supports online play against seven other players, offline play against AI bots at a variety of difficulty levels, and party play. After a week of stress-testing through Battle Pass, an open beta will begin for everyone else, and this will include Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Android, and iOS users. This will also enable ranked matchmaking and both crossplay and cross-progression across all platforms.

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