Well, until now. Fans kept wondering why Valve still isn’t on the E3 exhibitor list. Dota 2′s playable, so surely they could show it off at E3? Perhaps it’s Half-Life time as well? Maybe they’ll be presenting Gunman Chronicles 2? Or Ricochet: Resurrection?
Alas, no. IceFrog, Dota 2′s lead developer, has confirmed that Dota 2 will not appear at this year’s E3 event, in a thread reply on the PlayDota forums, as E3 just isn’t the kind of venue for the game. It’s understandable – Dota 2 is a niche title in a niche genre. On top of that, it’s a PC-Mac exclusive, so journalists going to E3, which is a press-only event, probably wouldn’t be interested in it. Just to get final confirmation on whether or not Valve will be going to E3 this year, Steam Forum user Surfrock22 asked Marc Laidlaw, in this forum thread, if they’ll be attending the event. Marc’s answer was:
We won’t have any official presence or booth there, no.
They will, however, be attending Gamescom, which is not press-only. It’s open to everyone who has a ticket, so we can see why they’d want to show Dota 2 there. It’s a venue that allows them to show the title to the most important judges: the fans.
So… no Half-Life at E3. That’s a shame. But that’s no reason to give up hope. Valve might just announce something Half-Life related later in the year. In the words of Cave Johnson: “Let’s all stay positive and do some science.”