Artifact 2.0: Dota card game discontinued, now Free 2 Play

Artifact 2.0: Dota card game discontinued, now Free 2 Play

Artifact 2.0

For some time, Valve has been working on a complete redesign of the card game Aritfact: The Dota Card Game - Artifact 2.0. Last summer, the go-ahead was given for a large-scale beta phase. However, the project has not gotten beyond this point so far - and it will not come any more. This is mainly due to the fact that the number of players is still too low to justify the further development. However, the team is aware of the existing community and does not want to completely alienate it.

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Artifact Classic

The game is free to play for everyone. All players get all cards for free. You can no longer buy packs of cards. The existing cards of paying players have been upgraded to special collector's edition cards that can still be traded on the community market. The integration of the marketplace in the game has been removed. Paid event tickets have been removed. Customers who have paid for the game can still receive Collector's Edition card packs. However, players who received the game for free do not.

Artifact Foundry

The game is free to play for everyone. Players can unlock cards by playing. All cards can be obtained this way; there will be no purchase options for cards or card packs in Artifact Foundry, nor will Artifact Foundry cards be compatible with the community market. All finished artwork for cards that were still in progress is now in the game. Source: official website

Valve Ceases Development of Artifact 2.0 And Makes Current Versions Free

Recently, Valve announced that it had made the decision to stop development of the Artifact 2.0 Beta, and made the final releases of both Artifact Classic and Artifact 2.0 Beta free to play. While it received a good response initially, player engagement began to drop significantly. This is mainly blamed on the complex nature of the game.

What is Artifact?

Artifact is a digital collectible card game developed and published by Valve. The game made its debut in November 2018 on Valve’s digital storefront Steam as a collaboration between based Valve and Richard Garfield.

Garfield is the creator of the landmark collectible card game ‘Magic: The Gathering’. Unlike ‘Magic: The Gathering and ‘Hearthstone’, Artifact incorporated tower defense elements and an item economy that made it feel more like a strategy game than a traditional collectible card game.

Artifact released to an initially enthusiastic audience. As a result, the studio went behind the scenes to produce a version 2.0 Beta. In a blog post, Valve announced, “It’s now been about a year and a half since the current Artifact team began work on a reboot in earnest. While we’re reasonably satisfied we accomplished most of our game-side goals, we haven’t managed to get the active player numbers to a level that justifies further development at this time. As such, we’ve made the tough decision to stop development on the Artifact 2.0 Beta.”

What’s next for Valve?

While Artifact and Artifact 2.0 will not be receiving further updates, Valve has acknowledged the existing community of the game, and has brought about some developments to the game:

Changes to Classic:

  • The game is free for everyone to play.
  • All players get every card for free. You will no longer be able to buy card packs.
  • Paid players’ existing cards have been converted into special Collector’s Edition versions, which will remain marketable. Marketplace integration has been removed from the game.
  • Paid event tickets have been removed.
  • Customers who paid for the game will still earn packs of Collector’s Edition cards for playing; players who got the game for free will not.
  • The final release of Foundry:

  • The game is free for everyone to play.
  • Players gain access to cards by playing the game. All cards are earned this way; no cards or packs will be for sale and Artifact Foundry cards are not marketable.
  • All final card art that was in the pipeline is now in the game.
  • What do you feel about Valve shutting down Artifact for good?

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