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Valve still working on DotA project

Actor blurts confirmation on Twitter.

Duke Nukem voice actor Jon St. John has tweeted something about the Defense of the Ancients project thought to be under way at Valve Software.

"Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA. The guys at Valve Software are awesome!" St. John tweeted (thanks MTV), before later deleting the message.

Last year IceFrog, the pseudonymous developer responsible for updating the famous Warcraft III modification Defense of the Ancients, was hired by Valve and promised it would be "great news for DotA fans".

"I am now leading a team at Valve!" IceFrog wrote at the time. "I finally have all the resources needed to do some very exciting stuff that you guys will love. I look forward to revealing more specific details when the time is right."

The time obviously isn't right yet, then, although IceFrog continues to update the original WarCraft III modification, with the most recent version - 6.68 - posted at the end of July this year.

Defense of the Ancients combines elements of role-playing games and tower defence to create a new kind of real-time strategy. The objective for each team is to take down their adversaries' heavily-guarded Ancients using a mixture of Hero units and AI-controlled fighters, levelling up and buying stuff on the way.

The scenario has proved so popular that it's formed the basis of various eSports competitions, and helped inspire the likes of Gas Powered Games' Demigod and Riot Games' excellent League of Legends.

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