The massively popular MMORPG World of Warcraft could be getting a twist with a new MOBA-styled player versus player Battleground, according to the below video from Blizzard community website WoWSerbia.
Dubbed “Defense of the Alehouse,” a.k.a. DOTA (have we heard of this before?), the datamined images in the video show the design of the map. WoWSerbia said that the Battleground would come with WoW’s Patch 5.2, which was released today. Puzzlingly, the patch notes make no mention of the new Battleground.
An image, published by WoW Insider, shows a birds-eye view of the map with a layout akin to a typical MOBA-style map: two distinct bases, connected by three lanes or paths with smaller trailers connecting everything in between.
Leading up to its release, Valve’s DOTA 2 faced a complaint from Blizzard, from which the term DOTA sort of originated, DOTA being a fan-made mod of the popular Blizzard game Warcraft III. In the end, an agreement between Valve and Blizzard was made, which resulted in Valve retaining the DOTA name, while Blizzard’s yet-to-be-released MOBA-style game would be renamed Blizzard All-Stars. It’s amusing to see Blizzard now inadvertently getting their way in the end, assuming this “Alehouse” thing holds out.
It’s been a while since I played World of Warcraft. By “a while” I mean last summer and this isn’t the thing that will make me jump back on the shame-filled wagon. Perhaps it is for you or maybe there’s something else about the new patch that you like. Let us know in the comments or head over to the forums.