February 18, 2018

Dota 2 Card Game Artifact Announced

10 August 2017, 12:27 | Rudolph Thomas

Enlarge Want more info on Valve's upcoming card-battling game Artifact? Too bad! All you get for now is this

Enlarge  Want more info on Valve's upcoming card-battling game Artifact? Too bad! All you get for now is this

A brief teaser trailer was released for the game ahead of its 2018 launch. A lot of that discussion has been negative, and thanks to one global attendee, we get to see how Dota 2 fans reacted to the news in real time. Are you excited for Artifact or are you as disappointed as the crowd at The International?

What does it play like?

Hearthstone proved quite a money-spinning breakthrough for Blizzard, so it's no surprise that there isn't a shortage of games trying to get in on the collectible card action. Or might it try a different strategy with Artifact?

The primary reason for the immediate negative reaction in Seattle, I believe, is that everyone at the venue would have expected a new thing to do inside Dota 2 itself.

Every turn, creeps spawn in each lane just like Dota. Hero abilities can be used, like Bounty Hunter being able to track an enemy Hero to pick up additional gold. We do not know however, what they plan to do and how will they do it.

What does it look like?

Valve will have to do something pretty creative if it intends for Artifact to successfully break into a genre nearly completely dominated by Blizzard's Hearthstone, and honest we can't wait to see how it does that.

When does it come out?

So people love this game, and Valve deserves credit for maintaining the competitive balance and sustaining that passion for its players. Can Valve figure out a way to make a profit purely through cosmetics and meta events?

What platforms will it be on?

We're also still waiting to hear about Valve's other games in the oven, especially following promises of three bespoke virtual reality games in development.

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