The Dota Underlords game is doing far beta than you can imagine. Not too long after it went up live, it records a statistics of over 84,000 players at once as at Friday according to SteamDB. This is higher than Valve’s troubled Dota 2 spinoff Artifact ever recorded.
It topped out at around 60,000, while Underlords has already scooped far above 179,000 simultaneous participants, a number that the tracking site suspected to include people both on mobile devices.
The free-to-play turn-based strategy game is Valve’s version of the mod Dota Auto Chess. It appears to be a working strategy to making a game that’s much easier to play without spending money on new pieces.
The maker of Dota Auto Chess is working on a standalone game that will be exclusive to Epic’s Game Store on the PC, and Kotaku points out that League of Legends maker Riot has had success with a similar game it released in beta this week called Teamfight Tactics.
The growing level and competition brings to our mind the recent slew of battle royale titles, and the Underlords team is keeping up the pace with several updates already. A recent tweet revealed that, it’s working on quite a number of new features beyond just game balancing.
We’re looking at social features, hero voiceovers, a full scoreboard, and it’s “exploring” the possibility of a Turbo Mode considering players request.
— Katleho Mabunda (@KatlehoMabunda) June 22, 2019