Valve Confirms an End to Artifact

The card-based Dota game is officially being brought behind the barn.

Over two years ago, Valve released Artifact, a Dota 2-based card game that was to be the next big live service game from the massive digital platform holder and somewhat infrequent game developer. Within two months, 95% of its player base abandoned it, and Valve put an “Under Construction” sign on the game a few months later while they worked to improve it.

Today, Valve has announced that they’re sunsetting further work on the game, resulting in a cancellation of the planned reboot. In short, Artifact died quietly in its sleep.

“It’s now been about a year and a half since the current Artifact team began work on a reboot in earnest,” Valve posted. “While we’re reasonably satisfied we accomplished most of our game-side goals, we haven’t managed to get the active player numbers to a level that justifies further development at this time. As such, we’ve made the tough decision to stop development on the Artifact 2.0 Beta.”

The game is now going completely free-to-play, both for the Artifact Classic before the reboot and the in-development reboot of the game. Card packs are no longer purchasable and are just available to everyone. Anything you could pay money for with the game will no longer require money, but if you have bought card packs, you can still get Collector’s Edition versions of those cards.

Basically, if you want to play Artifact, you now have plenty of free options to do so. But I think part of the problem was that not enough people wanted to play Artifact.

Maybe this frees up Valve to release a Left 4 Dead 3. Hopefully. Please.