Valve's Artifact Plays Like Dota 2, Won't Be Free-To-Play

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor March 9, 2018
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As one game enters free-to-play, another exits. Valve showed off Artifact, the Dota 2 card game, to a number of press outlets earlier this week, and it looks interesting. According to IGN, it will play on three boards, a.k.a. "lanes," and you'll control five heroes. When one dies, it takes a turn off to respawn and then comes back. You gain gold by killing your opponents, which you can then spend on buffs for your heroes. In other words, it plays a lot like a game of Dota 2, with a minimum 40-card deck on the side.

It does have one very big difference from Dota 2, however, one that's highly relevant to this site: It won't be free-to-play.

Not yet, at least, because if the response to the game continues to be massively negative, it might yet go the way of H1Z1. At the very least, since it will be on Steam, it should receive a massive enough discount at some point to be essentially free -- or at least as free to start as any online CCG is. There's no word yet on whether packs can be earned in the game or if they'll require money.

If you still want to learn more about the game, check out IGN's longer review of the mechanics, or similar hands-on articles from Venture Beat or PC Gamer. Artifact is scheduled to release on Steam by the end of this year, with Android/iOS launches coming in 2019.

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In this article: DOTA 2, H1Z1, Valve, Artifact.

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (5)

rickshaw 4 years ago
This game is like everything Valve do, including steam code, that's copy from free source community & make profit it. its all they are about copy cats, This is why their console won't get up because its full of free source copied code taken & used for financial gain there are no scruples in their camp, they just take.
This is going to flop!

KidzGaming 4 years ago
Hmm...what the point having a community that is so deserted on mmo-bomb webpage? I guess the gaming media became a joke mostly. (Cya mmo-bomb taking you off my list page) Peace!

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unreformedkiess 4 years ago
will be dead second week of release


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