Enlarge / Siltbreaker, coming this month to Dota 2 for $10. (credit: Valve Software)
The online team-battling game Dota 2 has long differentiated itself from other “MOBA” games by charging zero money for its core gameplay, including all of its playable characters.

That changes later this month, as developers Valve Software announced the game’s first-ever campaign mode on Thursday.
It will cost a minimum of $10 to access.
The first half of this campaign, titled Siltbreaker, will launch by month’s end to anybody who pays for the game’s annual International Battle Pass. Most major Dota 2 tournaments have a Battle Pass promotion attached, which allows players to spend real-life cash to virtually participate with those upcoming real-life tourneys, and the same goes for this August’s TI7 (The International 7) event in Seattle.
This year’s International Battle Pass is different, because it also unlocks a four-player, story-driven campaign, which will be released in two parts. (Once again, Valve can’t count to three.) This campaign will revolve around a mysterious world known as the Dark Reef, and it will allow up to four friends—or randomly queued players—to “battle through a diverse landscape of loathsome monsters, cunning traps, and other lethal terrors.” The below images show entirely new environments for players to battle through, including one that looks decidedly Diablo-esque, but it’s unclear whether players will traverse large worlds, or hold tight in small zones and fend off waves of enemies.
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