Valve Announces New Game - Artifact, a Dota Card Game, and Fans Aren't Happy

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 9:42 AM
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Valve announced a brand new game a this year’s International Dota 2 Championship. Artifact is a Dota 2 collectible card game, and yes, the reaction from the crowd was just as disappointed as you’re feeling now.

Artifact will be out in 2018 and it’s a project headed up by Brad Muir in his first role for Valve. He jumped ship from Double Fine a little while ago and he’s working on Artifact for some time now.

It’s a new Valve game then, and the first in a while. The reaction from fans has actually been pretty hostile as well. I won’t bore you with the reams of negative tweets and fans furious that Valve isn’t making the specific game they want, namely Half-Life 3, which always seemed incredibly unlikely at a Dota 2 event. Instead, this crowd reaction video succinctly says it all.

But who knows, perhaps Artifact is going to be absolutely awesome. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt about Valve over the years it’s that they don’t put a dud game. CCG’s have become big business since Hearthstone though, with the likes of Gwent, Duelyst, Shadowverse and Elder Scrolls Legends all stepping up to the plate recently. Is there really room for another? With the Dota name behind it, alt east Artifact has a fighting chance.

Actual gameplay details are sadly zilch. We’ve basically got a name, a theme, and a premise. And I don't know if I'm reading into the logo a bit too much but I think Artifact may mix things up a bit by being a three-way contest. You can see the three main chunks of the logo which may represent people, surrounding a single small triangle in the middle, which may the table or board. I could be a reaching a bit here but logos are always designed for a specific reason.

Does a Dota 2 card game tickle your fancy? Is this the single-player game Gabe Newell said Valve is working on? Let us know what you think!

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08:15 Aug-11-2017

Valve use to be a great trusted company providing quality games that led the way for new genres.


Now they are cash grabbing like other companies. The audience have a right to be upset over this.

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17:18 Aug-11-2017

While I don't use steam and haven't been their greatest fan, they are still a company that changed the world of gaming. For better or worse I'll let time, be the judge of that.

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03:28 Aug-11-2017

Can we duel each others on motorcycles in this card game ?

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11:06 Aug-11-2017

Beelzemon: "Darkness Claw"

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20:29 Aug-10-2017

Gaming in 2017:
Pre-orders, early access, DLC, bad optimization, microtransactions and card games...

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20:35 Aug-10-2017

That about sums it up.

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19:58 Aug-10-2017

"insert half life joke here"

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18:24 Aug-10-2017

Lol, if fans aren't happy, this would be the same reaction when:
HL3 isn't being made
HL3 released, but isn't good
Valve games getting bad updates
Valve anti cheat stays weak

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13:55 Aug-10-2017

Hey Valve. In the words of the great poet, Mr. Abraham Ford, "Suck. My. Nuts!"

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12:57 Aug-10-2017

Ofcourse fans are not going to be happy. When valve shows only the logo of the game ... Its better to be a new card vame instead a unoptimized AAA game for PC.

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12:55 Aug-10-2017

I really don't understand Valves logic right now.... they know what people want, the demand is quite obvious and it could possibly be their best selling game ever, but they just won't throw them a bone..... I think the disappointment is justified...... Valve you've gotten out of touch with your customer base!

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14:36 Aug-10-2017

They don't want to make HF3 because they can't make HF3 anymore. Key personnel that worked in the previous games left the company over the years, including all writers. Besides, Valve no longer depends on gambles and AAA games ARE gambles. Why bother when you can make money with Steam and cosmetics?


Valve ? games

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16:16 Aug-10-2017

Is valve even answering customer base support when it comes to games other than complaints?

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22:50 Aug-10-2017

Let's face it Valve is not even an AAA game maker anymore if it was ever!?
so why ruin it's name by making a game that could never meet the demands that consumers are asking for?

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12:31 Aug-10-2017

I'm excited but not really. What could Valve put in a card game which others haven't done yet?
That's the question. I hope it's good but what are the odds?
I hope I'm proved wrong in the future.

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12:01 Aug-10-2017

hahaha Developers this days are a joke lol

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11:40 Aug-10-2017

Card games lol
Just play solitaire or spider solitaire.

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11:18 Aug-10-2017

How to de-hype someone who is hyped? Do it the Valve way!


HYPE! Valve announces new game-
Artifact, a Dota Card Game HYPE GONE

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10:15 Aug-10-2017

I'm still playing Yu-Gi-Oh dual links, so I doubt that this will tempt me.

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10:44 Aug-10-2017

Thanks to Yu Gi Oh, I can't stand games like Hearthstone

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13:27 Aug-10-2017

I like hearthstone a lot, but NOT as much as YGO, the difference in depth and mechanics is huge.

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15:39 Aug-10-2017

Definitely! + a lot more opportunities for different strategies

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20:10 Aug-10-2017

Just got Kaiba to lvl 40.

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10:05 Aug-10-2017

What is it with every company making a card game nowdays?
Warcraft > Hearthstone
Elder Scrolls > TES Legends
DotA > Artifact
and the list goes on and on

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10:10 Aug-10-2017

don't forget Gwent.

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10:38 Aug-10-2017

Also Runescape Legends.

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10:52 Aug-10-2017

At least Gwent is good, very good compared to Hearthstone(and I'm playing HS since the autumn of 2015)
If Gwent remains as good as it is now I'll quit HS in about a month and focus only on Gwent.

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12:54 Aug-11-2017

I'm not sure but if I were a betting man, I'd say money is involved.

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