Defense of the Ancients 2 for Mac, free multiplayer battle game, released on Steam

Defense of the Ancients 2 for Mac, free multiplayer battle game, released on Steam

Valve has announced the release of Defense of the Ancients 2 for Mac. DOTA2 is the standalone sequel to the hugely popular hugely popular DOTA, which first appeared as a mod for Blizzard's strategy game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The Mac and Linux versions' release only lags the Window's release by about a week.

DOTA 2 is a real-time strategy game that combines elements of role playing games as well. You assume the control of one of two factions - the Radiant or The Dire - as you choose heroes to go into battle. Heroes - more than 100 of them - have special abilities and can level up as they gain experience.

Players must protect their own "Ancient," a base, as they send computer-controlled minions into battle. DOTA 2 is what's known as a MOBA, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Each team can have up to five players.

There was some controversy when DOTA2 was announced because the original game was a mod, and some gamers thought the sequel should be free. In fact, the game is free to download and play - Valve makes money by selling items you can use in-game through a built-in store. It's similar to the system employed by another popular MOBA, League of Legends (or, for that matter, Valve's own popular team-based shooter Team Fortress 2).

System requirements call for OS X Lion or later, 4GB RAM, 8GB hard drive space and Nvdia 320M, Radeon 7000, or Intel HD 3000 graphics or better.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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