Valve is cleaning Dota 2 up, and that’s kind of disappointing for many, actually. Some unused files that are included when installing the game are being removed by the publisher.
Several incomplete heroes that have been the subject of fan theories and predictions over recent months are among those files. The change was unearthed and posted to Reddit by Dota Datamining.
The changes discarded files relating to 23 unreleased heroes. 19 unreleased heroes were found in the hidden files in August, but four more were added in the months since.
The developer has not clarified the removal of these files and it’s uncertain what it may mean for its development. It may also be clearing files simply to lighten up the download size for users, or Valve may not want fans to have an early look at the potential upcoming content.
These heroes had different degrees of work put into them, with some being largely incomplete and others seemingly being ready to transfer Some of these heroes had names and abilities that may have been repackaged and built into other heroes that have been released over the last few years.
The most totally realized of the lot were codenamed Valkyrie, Puppet Master, and Vampire. Theories were abound when Valve announced that a new hero was scheduled for release in December, with many thinking that one of these heroes was expected to launch.
Instead, Valve released Hoodwink as part of the Mistwood Update which didn’t really seem to be related to any of these unreleased heroes.
Valve did not address the removal of these files and it is not clear what this might mean for the development of Dota 2. It may be Valve deleting files simply to lighten the download size for users, or Valve may not want fans to have an early look at potential ongoing content.
When is the next hero coming out? – Valve
The next new Dota 2 hero is likely to be launched in early 2021. In October, Valve stated that two new heroes were due to be launched in November and early 2021, respectively. The hero of November was pushed back to December and was eventually revealed to be Hoodwink.
Valve has not set a definite date for the next hero, and it is unclear whether the delayed release of Hoodwink may have had an impact on the company’s plans for its next new hero.
Either way, the next hero is likely to arrive in the coming months.