Artifact is the upcoming card game from Valve that will be based on DOTA universe. Lots of comparisons to Hearthstone and Magic the Gathering will be thrown around, but early information on the game looks to be something fairly different from your typical collectible card game. Our Artifact guide seeks to round up all of this current information, as well as keep everything as up-to-date as possible!
- Announcement Date: August 8th, 2017
- Release Date: 2018
- Closed Beta Date: Unknown
Artifact Release Date
There has been little to no information since the reveal of the game at the DOTA 2 International. The only thing we have is that at the time it was scheduled to be released sometime in 2018. Due to the fact that we have gotten pretty much no information following the reveal of the title, I would speculate that we will see Closed Beta sometimes during 2018, but a full release of the game would likely be sometime in 2019. Games like this have a tendency to stay in Beta for a significant amount of time these days. Gwent, which is CD Projekt RED’s Witcher card game, has been in beta for a while and has no official release date yet.
This is the absolute definition of a teaser, because very little can be gained from watching the video below unfortunately.
A lot more information can be gained by watching the following clip. The teaser above was shown during the DOTA 2 International, and Day9 followed it up by explaining some of the details in the game.
Artifact Currently Known Game Information
We have not yet officially seen anything on the game yet, but we do have at least a sense of what the game will be like from the Day9 clip. Here are some of the important tidbits!
To the surprise of no one, there will be creatures and spells which you can cast. This is all very standard to most card games, but the resources these cards will use is still not clear.
There’s “three game boards” in total according to Day9, but he might have actually been referring to lanes which makes more sense if the game is supposed to be a lot like DOTA.
You control five heroes, which you can deploy among the different lanes.
Creeps spawn every turn. This is going to be very unique to Artifact, and likely puts the game in the more position based strategy style of card games like Castle Royale, Duelyst, or Hand of the Gods.
There will be gold in the game which you gain by killing enemy heroes. You can use this gold buy item cards which you can then equip to your heroes.
All the heroes from DOTA 2 will be in the game, and they will have their abilities. Day9 gives an example of using Bounty Hunter and it having access to the Track ability.