If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Meet The Shopkeeper: DOTA 2's First Trailer

As if from out of nowhere, Valve have released a trailer for DOTA 2 ahead of Gamescom. Essentially a class trailer, if you're hoping for in-game footage that's not happening yet. That'll be happening during the live-streamed tournament taking place during the big German convention. But if you're hoping for Valve's world-class in-house animation, then bingo. An astonishingly gorgeous cartoon short explains the different ways to play the game, which you can see below.

Valve's animations are very often complimented by the comparison with Pixar. It's a huge and deserved compliment. But it's interesting to note how DOTA 2's trailer feels in a different aesthetic category. It doesn't have that crisp perfection of Pixar's work, which is often shared by the TF2 vids. Instead here it bears so much more in common with Russian folklore animation, while maintaining what is emerging to be Valve's distinct style. Well, watch it and see what I mean.

Some will suggest it looks more like WoW's animation style, but I'm going to take a stand against that. Sure, I can see the similarities, but that shopekeeper is something completely other, as is so much going on in there.

Perhaps my obsession with the art style is a slight by-product of honestly not being interested in the game it's for. But flipping crikey, it's doing its job properly when it makes someone who has never gelled with the whole Dota thing want to watch it over and over.

About the Author

John Walker avatar

John Walker

Disposable

Once one of the original co-founders of Rock Paper Shotgun, they killed me out of jealousy. I now run buried-treasure.org

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Sign up today for access to more supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch