Tomorrow brings the primary full and correct new Valve game since 2013: Artifact, a card game primarily based on wizfest Dota 2. Yes, it’s a game about pushing lanes and managing lords (made along with Magic: The Gathering mastermind Richard Garfield, no much less), however apparently it additionally has a narrative instructed in that fashionable Valve method, via a companion comedian. Artifact’s first digital subject is out now totally free, and confirms that Dota actually is about wizards and lords.
Head on over to Artifact’s site to learn the primary subject, Prelude, in your browser. Valve even have a CBZ model to obtain for comedian reader software program.
“Artifact is more than just a Dota card game,” Valve mentioned within the accompanying announcement, “it is a shared universe with a storyline that will deepen the history, expand the world, and change the fates of the heroes of both games.”
I hope it’s Windrunner’s destiny to get extra good hats.
The second comedian is due alongside Artifact’s launch tomorrow, and Valve say it “sets the stage for a series of events that will transform the world of Dota forever.”
Transform it right into a extra trendy world, because of Windrunner’s new good hats.
Artifact hits Steam on Wednesday the 28th. It’ll value £16/€18/$20 to start out, which will get you two decks, ten packs of random playing cards, and 5 “event tickets” to enter aggressive modes to win extra playing cards. Beyond that, you’ll must pay actual cash to purchase card packs from Valve, purchase occasion tickets, or get particular person playing cards off the Steam Community Market. Yup, in contrast to many digital CCGs, you apparently don’t have any option to get extra playing cards totally free by taking part in. Naw, I had sufficient of that with Magic, I’ll not let the Garf get me once more.
As for a way the game goes, our Dave explains in his Artifact guide.