Valve's CCG Artifact Public Beta Begins This Year, Will Not be F2P

Artifact, which was first revealed at last year's Dota 2 tournament "The International" finally released some information. The game will be launching in some public beta by the end of this year and will have its first major tournament in Q1 2019. Unlike Hearthstone, Shadowverse, and other digital CCGs, Artifact will NOT be free to play. The game's core mechanics will also be substantially different than other CCGs as it will feature multiple lanes, respawning heroes, and more. Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic the Gathering, also assisted in the game's design.

Learn more about it by listening to Gabe Newell:

  • Vlad

    Do they really expect a card game to succed with a pay/buy to play model? What is Valve thinking?

    I don't really care what they say about mechanics, in the end is just a matter of time until other card games will copy this so called "unique" mechanics. If you can even call unique this kind of mechanics. Multiple lanes in a card game was done before and reviving cards isn't really something special either...

  • Dan


  • Zariarn

    Yep, DOA.

  • braneman

    They should make it a game to relfect Steam's current state, release it into early acess never to be finished under a puppet account with unity store assets and levels with loads of bugs and tell people who complain about the bugs "it's in early access so it's fine"

  • TianlanSha

    I won't play it even if it was F2P. Card games beyond MTG and Yu-Gi-Oh! are garbage to me.