Artifact was announced back in August of 2017. It’s a competitive fantasy card game being made by Valve, the development team behind Steam, DOTA 2, Portal, Half-Life and so much more. The game was slated for a 2018 release but that release just got a whole lot more specific with a press release being circulated confirming a November 28th date.
Unfortunately when the game was first announced it wasn’t received very enthusiastically. A sigh of disappointment could be heard when the game was first unveiled at the DOTA 2 International. Many Valve fans have been hoping for specific games from Valve for over a decade and a card game just wasn’t what they wanted to hear. Nevertheless, I’m always excited for a well balanced and new competitive experience.
Also revealed in the press release was plans for a mobile version of the game to arrive sometime in 2019. The game will also get its first public showing at PAX West which takes place in Seattle August 31 – September 3.
“Players will battle each other in a continuous single elimination gauntlet for the right to challenge a champion on the main stage. Everyone who plays will earn Artifact merchandise, including signed prints of artwork and two keys for free copies of the game when it is released.”
“Targeted for release on Steam on November 28th 2018, Artifact is designed to give Trading Card Game (TCG) enthusiasts the deepest gameplay and highest ﬁdelity experience ever in a fantasy card game. Offering more than 280 cards in the shipping set, players will be able to buy and sell cards on the Steam Community Marketplace.”
The game will release for $20 (US) to PC, MAC, and Linux. The Steam page can be found here.