Valve boss Gabe Newall has revealed details about the Dota 2-based card game Artifact in a sit down with media people. The game will be launching on PC late this year. Artifact will not be a free-to-play game, and is going to use the in app Steam Community Market. Players will be able to sell their cards on the market, and make real money out of them.
Newall has mentioned that after the initial cost of the game, players will be able to buy packs of cards as well, IGN reports. He says the game will feature meaningful production value, first-time mechanics, as well as an AI that will play the role of a teacher for the players. Valve promises that the exercise of building your own unique deck of cards will be “a social and competitive experience”.
Valve’s boss has stressed on the matter that Artifact is not just Dota 2 played with cards, but it uses the database for convenience. He added that in fact, Artifact will end up adding a lot of content to Dota 2, like new heroes and items. The game is not set to have a single player campaign, but would kind of have a tutorial mode with the AI that would teach players how to play against other human opponents.
Artifact’s gameplay is based on Dota 2, and has three boards like there are three lanes in Dota 2. There are hero and creep cards, which can populate the boards and attack the opponents in front of them, and players can win in various manner. After all cards in a lane are destroyed the tower appears, and taking down two of those wins the game.
Once a tower is destroyed the ancient appears in the lane, and destroying one ancient wins you the game as well. Cards use mana like in Hearthstone, but like in Dota 2 you can earn gold by killing enemies. This gold buys armor and weapons for the hero cards.
All cards in Artifact have colors including black, red, green and blue. You can’t use a certain color spell card in a lane unless there is a hero of the same color. All the colors signify different types and require different strategies. Unlike Hearthstone, Artifact does not limit your max mana and you can have any number of cards in your deck but it must be over 40. There is no limit to the number of cards you can hold in your hand as well.
Valve is planning to open Artifact for players to provide their own content, and would put it up on Steam Workshop. Valve even has plans to host a $1 million tournament of Artifact early next year.