There is no denying that Valve is among the developers that take their time when it comes to new content and hero releases. However, in a series of tweets Team Secret’s Director of Operations, Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey, announced that the developer will gear up towards releasing more content and improving the overall Dota 2 players’ experience.
According to the available information, a bunch of new heroes will be added to Dota 2 roster and the arrival of the first one may not be far away. More or less reliable sources claim that the new hero will be called Sylph. In Western tradition, Sylphs are mythological air spirits.
Matt Bailey also shared that during a meeting, Valve’s spokesperson suggested that the new hero development should be accelerated. Valve’s representative highlighted that the metagame was “in great shape”, but the hero making was not happening as quickly as the developer would like.
Dataminers have recently discovered the new heroes’ ability types – Grapple, Shadow Realm, Flash Powder, and Will-O-Wisp, respectively. These revelations fueled the beliefs that the new hero may be some kind of elemental.
Valve is also interested in improving the overall user experience. According to Dota 2 players, that is an area that requires Valve’s immediate attention. The Reborn interface overhaul was introduced in 2015. Since then, little has been done in that direction.
As a matter of fact, Valve has already hinted at its desire to improve the UX with the announcement that an in-game hero guide system was in the works.
The latest game update made Dota 2 friendlier to beginners. The update is aimed at retaining newbies’ interest and it addresses two of the most serious hurdles new players encounter- the wrong choice or heroes and veteran players that are hostile to newcomers.
Valve is expected to shed light on its plans for UX improvements and new hero releases soon. Still, an official statement is not likely to be released before the International 7’s wrap up on August 12th.