Valve’s trading card game Artifact, set in the world of Dota 2, has ceased active development. In short, Artifact 2.0, a reboot aimed at revitalizing the fate of the 2018 game, will never end.
It also means that Valve has provided artifacts, including all cards, to everyone for free.
Valve announced the news in a Steam update tonight, and although he’s pretty happy with the progress, “at this point we haven’t been able to raise the number of active players to a level that justifies further development.” It states.
According to the post, both Artifact Classic and Artifact 2.0 are still aware that they are valuable to players, so they will be available for free. Artifact 2.0 Beta has been renamed to Artifact Foundry, and Artifact and Classic are now available on Steam.
The fact that the game and its cards are all free means that you can no longer purchase card packs, and the marketplace integration has been removed. Players who purchase the game before it becomes free will have their existing cards converted to the “Collector’s Edition version”, and players who get the game for free will be able to play and earn without playing.
According to the post, Artifact Foundry is an “unfinished product,” but “most of what’s missing is polish and art.”
Our artifact review was widely positive in 2018, and there were quite a few reservations, especially on how competitive play seemed to prefer expensive decks. The game started with a higher number of players, dropped out quickly, and Valve was almost completely redesigned back to the design drawing. Read about how Artifact 2.0 has changed the game with a development update from last year.
The fact that the artifact is currently out of development represents a rare failure for Valve. Most of their multiplayer games are still popular after their release, and single-player games are the beloved classic games. The exceptions so far have been mostly small experiments like Richochet and (still great) Alien Swarm.
Since the release of Artifact, Valve has returned to its roots in first-person shooters with the release of Half-Life Alyx last year. This was great.