Recently new details emerged from Valve about their new Dota 2 card game, Artifact. Gabe Newell, President of Valve, sat down with members of the press and revealed a lot of information for their game. The most important detail about this game, it will not be free-to-play like other games of its type.
The card game will have high production values, AI that will teach you how to play, and other novel mechanics. It was also said that building a deck and opening packs will be a competitive and social experience for the players. Similar to the Dota 2 game, Artifact will utilize a marketplace and workshop to buy in-game items.
Valve President Newell was careful to clarify that Artifact is not a Dota 2 card game. It does use Dota as a base due to convenience though. He did mention that the game will create content for Dota 2, this will include “new heroes that will appear in Dota”. Make no mistake this game will not have a single-player mode, it will, however, focus more on the human opponents.
The game is currently in a closed beta and has only been made available to professionals within the industry. The game will be released to the general public by the end of 2018. The first competitive tournament will be in Quarter 1 of 2019. Artifact will also be made available on iOS and Android in mid-2019. It will also be the first Source 2 title on mobile devices.
There is currently no price details or release date set, stay tuned.