The update brings a slew of new features and UI changes, the most notable one being the New Player Mode — which brings forth a brand new onboarding experience for newcomers.
Dota 2’s onboarding was really bad previously
Prior to this, Dota 2’s onboarding tutorial hasn’t been very effective for new players, to the point the community even raised a pool of funds to build their own.
The poor tutorial experience had led to many new players being unable to effectively grasp the mechanics of the game, dropping off due to its complexity.
With the new update, the onboarding experience has been improved significantly, with Valve even introducing a new mascot character to guide players once they enter the game.
Aside from the New Player Mode, the latest update also introduces a dedicated chat channel for new players and a more flexible coaching system, all designed to ensure new players stick around.
Dota 2 has more competition today
With the MOBA space becoming more competitive in the recent months, Dota 2 has also experienced a decline in players as many gamers begin switching mobile alternatives such as Wild Rift and Mobile Legends.
Whether this new update will help in increasing new player retention is yet to be known, but it definitely is a good start for the long term experience of the game.
For a full list of changes in the new update, visit the official Dota 2 website here.