Valve finally revealed the day they plan to break their 5-year dry spell of not releasing any games. On November 28, Valve will be releasing the game Artifact. It’s a card dueling game comparable to Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone.
It seems that Valve couldn’t resist tapping into the profits that come from virtual items. One interesting thing to consider, is whether Valve will greedily follow other publishers and let players buy cards directly from them from them with real money or will Valve rely on some other system to distribute cards and profit off the players trading them on the steam marketplace. Similar to how all the heroes in Dota 2 can be played for free, but they are locked behind a paywall in League of Legends.
The lore from the game is directly involved with Dota 2. There will be Heroes and other content Dota fans are familiar with directly placed in this game. It’s extremely similar to how Blizzard took lore from their most popular games and built it into Hearthstone.
The game is also planning to come to mobile phones later next year. It looks like Hearthstone finally has some decent competition in the mobile world.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, we don’t know much yet. But it will most likely be similar to Magic the Gathering (as almost all online card games are.) I doubt we would see a giant like Valve release a game that is risky to be well received. After all, they have done well focusing on perfecting and polishing standard genres of video games.
One important thing to note is that the creator of Magic the Gathering allegedly helped design Artifact.
The game will be showcased during PAX West 2018 where we will get to observe the gameplay and some lucky fans will get to experience it first hand against each other.
We will have to wait to see how this all pans out. I know I’m excited. Maybe this game will convince Value to finally release HalfLife 3.