Defence of the Ancients, or DoTA, is now a full game project at Valve which isn't surprising as mod dev Icefrog has been given his own team.
"Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA. The guys at ValveSoftware are awesome!" twittered John 'Nukem' St. John. This particular twitter has since been deleted from the net, but we don't have *that* short an attention sp... what was I...?
Right, yes. DoTA. So successful is this mod that other games have cropped up inspired by its blend of strategy and RPG, which involves Ancients that get powered up by ways of upgrades and the like while AI controlled minions smash each other up.
It's likely to be a standalone release over Steam once the DoTA project is done. Who wouldn't like some tower defence and RPG? No one that's who.