Valve Announces DOTA-Based Digital Card-Game, Artifact

Before monopolizing the digital game distribution market, Valve used to make video games regularly. Some of those games set benchmarks for their respective genres. Now, the developer has announced a DOTA-based, digital-card game titled simply Artifact.

The game reportedly uses three boards and a bunch of heroes from their popular Defense of the Ancients sequel, and sounds like it could involve construction of buildings, alongside your expected MOBA tropes like creeps and lanes – which makes sense because the comparisons to Blizzard’s Hearthstone are already being made.

That’s all we really have to go on for now. There’s also the above trailer, however it doesn’t show anything beyond the game’s logo. The game was announced last night during the publisher’s latest The International event.

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  • Mechonis

    I never asked for this

  • Colt Machina

    probly a fad game that dies before 2018.

  • Madbrainbox

    No one did.

  • giygas

    This crowd has restored some faith in humanity.

  • Dr. Roswell. W
  • Uncle Ocelot

    Remember when Valve tried to innovate and create new trends instead of following other trends?
    Remember when Valve made single player games?
    Remember when Valve wasn’t just focused on what makes the most money?

  • zebdo

    Back when Half Life 2 was released? Everything else they’ve made since then was a mod, existing property or college project that threw money into.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Yeah, I forgot about Portal and Left 4 Dead not being entirely their creation (I knew about the other stuff being based on mods though). Even then, it’s more interesting than what they put out nowadays, which is just done to compete with something else.

  • Mr0303

    So not Half-Life 3 then?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    After all their writers left? Of course not.

  • Crizzyeyes

    This game is 100% informed by their Steam trading cards bullshit. The entire impetus for this game is some Valve exec (possibly even Gabe himself) saying during a board meeting, “Hey guys what if we took our most popular IP and made a trading card game about it? Steam trading cards are popular.”

  • RichardGristle


  • RichardGristle

    Valve and Blizzard both went from leaders of innovation to EA-tier trend-following faggots that put out extremely subpar shit. SAD.

  • Valve really need to stop developing games.

  • Zanard Bell

    Really? Copying the original copycats of Blizzard?

    Valve, what the fuck?

  • Yet another pay to win MTG clone. Hearthstone, Gwent, that stupid Elder Scrolls one. Just keep banking on your deep-pocketed whale demographic, right Valve? It totally won’t alienate anyone.

  • Anon630

    I thought the point of not working on Half-Life 3 was that they DIDN’T want death threats.

  • Anon630

    I think that’s something that should be shown to the public more often. People see the company name and they think of titles associated with staff that have long since departed the industry.

  • luggage lad

    well people asked for and wanted Gwent and it’s faaaaar from a clone in how it’s played.

    no one wanted this, however

  • Madbrainbox

    Heartstone is also popular.But,while they managed to fuck over Blizzard with DOTA 2,I don’t think Valve will be able to dethrone Heartstone.