In 2018, Valve released a digital card game called Artifact that drew on the world of popular free to play title DOTA 2, not unlike how Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone uses the world of Warcraft as a basis. Today, Valve announced that the plans to overhaul Artifact, referred to as Artifact 2.0 and later Artifact Foundry, have ceased.
Both Artifact and Artifact Foundry will remain playable but neither version of the game will receive any future updates. Both games will also be completely free to play, with Valve noting that “In short, when we say “free”, we really mean “free.”” Any paid events have been removed, while paid players cards are being upgraded into Collector’s Edition versions of the same cards and the ability to buy card packs has also been removed.
Despite the current rate of its software output, Valve is an acclaimed PC developer and publisher, having been responsible for some of the best PC games of all time. While this decision is certain to upset players who were looking forward to future updates and changes, at least both games will stay playable as they are for now.
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This post was written by Samuel Tolbert and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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