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Dota Underlords is Valve’s Auto Chess, and the beta is out now

After rumours, leaks, and speculation around the existence of a Valve-made Auto Chess game called Dota Underlords, today the company officially confirmed the title’s existence – and released it, too. Owners of the Battle Pass can now opt-in to the Underlord beta from the Dota 2 client, and in one week it will hit open beta for everyone.

As Valve describes it, “Dota Underlords is a new stand-alone game that pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew in a battle of dominance for the city of White Spire. In this game, victory is determined not by twitch reflexes, but by superior tactics.”

In other words, it’s totally Auto Chess. Valve said it was working on its own version of the popular mod less than a month ago, and it looks like those plans are paying off already. In the official announcement, Valve says it’s still “fairly early in development,” and will be soliciting feedback from players with an in-game submission form for the foreseeable future.

In its current form, Underlords supports online play against seven other players, offline play against AI bots at a variety of difficulty levels, and party play. This release is intended primarily as a stress test, and the open beta will follow “approximately a week” of stress testing, and will add ranked matchmaking.

The open beta will be available on Steam across Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs, as well as Android and iOS devices. You’ll have cross-play across every version, and your rank and progression will be shared across every device. You can see all the details in the official announcement.

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Valve’s last Dota spin-off didn’t go super-well if the Artifact player counts are anything to go by, but Auto Chess is already a proven concept. We’ll soon see how the community takes to Underlords.

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