Artifact, the collectible card video game based on Dota 2, has launched to Steam today. With it comes a gameplay trailer, as well as a free “Call to Arms” comic leading up to game’s story.
“We hope all gamers enjoy Artifact, especially fans of Dota 2 and card gaming enthusiasts,” said Gabe Newell, Valve boss and living meme. “Working with Richard Garfield has been an incredible opportunity for everyone at Valve, and we look forward to expanding the game with him based upon feedback and input from the community.”
Call to Arms follows the story of the previous comic, Prelude. This latest tale “sets the stage for a series of events that will transform the world of Dota.” With the book comes the Call to Arms card set, which brings more than 280 cards into the fold.
“Working on Artifact has been fantastic — a digital card game which really leverages what is made possible by the medium rather than being limited by it,” said designer Richard Garfield. “That has been a long time dream of mine and Valve has been a terrific partner in the development.”
No, Money Down
Along with the launch of the game comes the Artifact Marketplace. Here, you can sell cards to or purchase them from other Artifact players. Microtransactions in the game have been a bit of a sore spot for some players, however.
Currently, there’s no way to earn packs for free. If you want more cards beyond the two starting decks and initial ten booster packs, you have to throw down more cash on top of the purchasing price. This may make it difficult if you want to stay competitive. Our own Tim McDonald investigated whether or not you could enjoy the game while ignoring microtransactions.
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