In the past week, Artifact’s peak concurrent player count hasn’t even reached 500. Mere months after its November 28 launch, the Valve-developed card game is floundering. Now the Artifact team has decided it’s time to reshuffle the deck.
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The collectible card game Artifact released on November 28, and had 60,740 concurrent players that day. A good start — but it was all downhill from there. Last night, its total concurrent players dipped just below 1,500 for the first time ever — a 97.5 per cent drop from launch.
Yes, many online games struggle to find an audience on Steam, but not usually the ones made by Valve itself.
Digital card game Artifact received some crowd-pleasing changes yesterday, and thank God, because players have been bleeding out of the game since its late November launch.
The in-game economy for Valve’s new digital card game, Artifact, was upended earlier today after the company accidentally created an exploit that made it possible to buy its card packs at a heavily-discounted price. While Valve said the impact wasn’t huge, it’s led to renewed debate within the game’s community about what Artifact should be.
I've been having a lot of fun playing Valve's new card game, Artifact, since it launched on Wednesday. It is surprisingly easy to learn and is an interesting take that borrows from Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering while doing something new. The game also treats its digital cards unusually, letting people buy and sell their cards. I was sceptical about that last bit, but I've found it refreshing.
Valve finally has a new game out. Can you believe it? A card game based on Dota 2, Artifact launched today on Steam. After having messed around with it for several hours, I can report that there is indeed a ton of stuff going on in Artifact, but that it’s also one of the more approachable card games I’ve played, at least when first starting out.
Artifact is, for better and worse, shaping up to be a very Valve card game in that it’s a clever, complex re-imagining of DOTA 2—complete with lanes and heroes—but it’s also heavily tied into a real-money marketplace.
In fact, there’s currently no way to earn new cards without spending at least a pinch of your hard-earned cash. Some fans aren’t pleased about that last part. In response, Valve is making some changes.
Valve’s card game Artifact is coming out in November. Recently, the Artifact Twitter account has been tweeting out designs for some of the cards alongside explanations of how they work. On September 27, that included a card called “Crack The Whip”, the text of which begins “Modify a black hero...” Today the name of the card was changed.
There are two things in this world that Valve evidently loves more than anything: hands-off approaches and the invisible hand of the market.
And wouldn’t you know it: DOTA 2 card game Artifact is gonna have plenty of both.
QUOTE | "Every shot is in colossally bad taste and everyone associated with those games should be ashamed of themselves. They hurt us." - Deus Ex and System Shock developer Warren Spector was upset by the White House's video game violence montage produced for a meeting with industry leaders and critics.
Valve is back in the news again for a presentation it recently gave about its new Dota-inspired card game Artifact and its plans for the future. In addition to explaining how the new game will work, CEO Gabe Newell said the company is definitely still making games, adding to a litany of past statements about what Valve is up to that don't really say much about what Valve is up to.
Valve just announced a new game! It's a card game based on Dota 2. The internet is confused and upset by this.