Valve announces a Dota 2 digital card game called Artifact

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Since Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, is significantly less successful than Dota 2, it'll be interesting to see if Valve can compete with Hearthstone, which is hugely successful.

The stunned awe those in attendance felt was soon replaced with a mix of emotions when it was revealed that the game in question is a collectible card game based on the Dota 2 universe called Artifact. And of course the other Hearthstone rivals of which there are plenty, including titles based on major gaming franchises such as The Witcher, Elder Scrolls and Fable. The lack of releases has made some fans feel like Valve is just resting on their laurels, or a pile of money so large that new game releases just aren't necessary anymore.

The character pool in Dota 2 is vast and varied; something that obviously lends itself quite well to a CCG.

According to Valve, Artifact is going to provide a unique digital card game experience unlike anything else on the market.

Players can equip item cards on to heroes, play creature cards, activate special hero abilities and leave persistent effects on each lane. Head down to the comments section and let us know! So people love this game, and Valve deserves credit for maintaining the competitive balance and sustaining that passion for its players. He then showed off a 35-second trailer that revealed nothing but the name of the game and its logo. It seems like another safe guess that Artifact will eventually be on mobile as well, but consoles are harder to say.

Development of Artifact is being led by ex-Double Fine developer Brad Muir who tweeted that he was excited for fans to get their hands on the game. Valve offered no details other than its estimated release date of 2018. It's not a stretch to imagine Valve will be taking advantage of its own Steam Marketplace, as it's done with all its games, and make card trading a feature of Artifact.

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