Valve announced Artifact during The International major tournament for Dota 2. First it was Dota, which was based on a Warcraft 3 mod, and now, it seems there will be a Hearthstone-esque card game, notes VentureBeat. We'll have to see how it does with its competition of Hearthstone, The Elder Scrolls Legends, Duelyst, Scrolls, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and other similar titles. The famous DOTA 2 championship is streamed on Twitch and on another new streamer called Valve.
Valve Software has announced a new game and sadly it's not the announcement of Half Life 3 that you may have been hoping for. Are you excited for Artifact or are you as disappointed as the crowd at The International? I think it's safe to assume that Artifact will find its way to Steam, but whether we'll end up playing this on mobile platforms or anything else is unknown at this time. "He also hyped up the cards as be 'really interesting" with unique behaviors, including improvement cards where you can cast spells on varying lanes while they continue to upkeep with every turn.
But there is good news: the company will release Artifact for mobiles. We don't know what the economics of Artifact would be, either, so we can't (yet) accuse Valve of being a money-grubbing capitalist.
Brad Muir, who has previously worked on games such as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend is now a developer for Artifact according to a tweet he posted when the game announcement went up.
Imagine what people will pay for cards that could actually help them complete their decks in a game they theoretically enjoy playing.