Valve might be working on a secret Dota spin-off project

A new rumor suggests that the mysterious Neon Prime project will take inspiration from Valve's hit MOBA game, Dota 2, and not Half-Life.


The rumor mill has been full of speculation after Valve trademarked NEON PRIME. However, most of the theories revolved around a potential entry to the Half-Life series, possibly the long-fabled Half-Life 3. But, according to Tyler McVicker, formerly known as Valve News Network, everyone's been wrong all along. Instead of a Half-Life spin-off, NEON PRIME is set in the Dota 2 universe and IceFrog is involved.

Valve Working Dota Spin Off
A Dota 2 RTS game wouldn't be the worst idea but an FPS title could probably work as well.

According to McVicker's sources, NEON PRIME might be a sci-fi take on the Dota universe with IceFrog at the helm.

The Dota universe is deep and diverse. Valve has plenty of avenues it can explore in Dota 2 even if this was technically the goal of Artifact, which failed at launch.

Dota 2 finds itself at a crossroads. On one hand, the anime adaptation on Netflix proved to be quite popular and a fourth season could be on its way. However, Dota 2 itself is past its prime. The prize pool for The International 2022 ($17.9 million) currently sits lower than the prize pool of The International 2015 ($18.4 million). After peaking last year at $40 million, there's a genuine concern among the Dota 2 community that the progenitor of the MOBA genre will slowly die out within the decade.

It's a good idea to start expanding Dota 2 so it's not just one massive cesspool of toxicity as a community. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how the reclusive Dota 2 community responds to a spin-off in a different genre.

Valve Working Dota Spin Off
Dota 2 is a divisive game as it is, so we're hoping that IceFrog has something that's a bit more palatable in mind if the rumors are true.

Of course, you can't help but worry given Dota 2's awful spin-off track record. In addition to Artifact, Dota Underlords' player base is nonexistent. This stands in stark contrast to the Riot Games approach. The handful of League of Legends spin-offs are equally successful in their genres.

If NEON Prime is indeed a Dota 2 spin-off, the closest we'll get to a proper reveal is at the climax of The International 2022, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 29 and 30.

In other Valve news, a designer at the company confirmed that the privately-owned video game development studio is working on multiple exciting projects. A later datamining attempt confirmed that this is indeed the case.


Ray Ampoloquio
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