Dota Underlords continues to gain momentum, Valve promising another new patch this week that will rework units while also adding a battle pass and “experimental” new features to the game.
The company announced that the next Dota Underlords update will be arriving on Thursday, July 4th, though Valve hasn’t given an exact time frame for when it will go live. Fans can expect some balancing tweaks to various alliances as well as 3 new items and some unannounced bonus features.
This week’s patch will also introduce a progression system via the “Proto-Battle Pass”. Valve hasn’t given any specifics though we assume this will work similarly to other battle passes we’ve seen in games such as Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Dota 2.
By simply playing Dota Underlords and completing specific gameplay challenges, battle pass owners should expect items such as unit cosmetics gear for units. Whether/how this will tie into the Dota 2 battle pass remains unclear for now though we’re bound to find out very soon. Here’s the full blog post from Valve:
This week’s update will arrive on Thursday. We’re currently wrapping up a few experimental features we’d like to get your feedback on, and they require a bit more testing before we put them in front of you.
Features to look forward to on this Thursday’s update:
Warlock Alliance rework.
Warlock Units tweaks.
Shaman Alliance rework.
Shaman Units tweaks.
3 New Items.
Tweaks to the Alliance Items and how they work.
Tweaks to Win and Lose Streaks.
And some experimental features.
The week after you’ll see the release of progression and what we call the Proto-Battle Pass. This beta Battle Pass will let us iterate on the system with you and get your feedback on what works and what doesn’t plus what kind of content you’d like the Season 1 Battle Pass to include.
During last week’s update, Valve introduced a number of fixes as well as changes to various units, items, and alliances, also improving performance and online connectivity across all platforms. Several characters had their lines of voice dialogue restored while Medusa and Kunkka had their abilities slightly nerfed to help keep Underlords balanced.
For those unfamiliar with Dota Underlords, this is Valve’s latest release following last year’s Dota flavoured virtual trading card game, Artifact. Still in beta, Underlords is Valve’s take on the growingly popular auto chess (or auto-battler) genre that originated from a Dota 2 mod of the same name.
With the The International (the largest annual Dota 2 tournament) returning in August, we’re bound to see more related news and announcements. Currently, the prize pool for this year’s finals stand at a whopping $25.5 million. Twenty five percent of all Dota 2 battle pass purchases will contribute to this total.