While still no release date has been set, today via the DOTA2 blog it was announced that Valve would be releasing DOTA 2 ASAP.
We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can.
The original plan was to wait until the number of heroes available equaled that to the original DOTA, but Valve decided their “original plan was dumb“. Along with the new plan, Valve has dropped the NDA allowing players in the closed beta phase to post and talk about anything they want.
Also mentioned was that closed beta would be ending soon, clearing the way for open beta.
We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time.