Today, Valve announced that development on the Restarting the artifact, formerly known as Artifact 2.0, has ceased. This beta version of the game is now available for free alongside the original artifact. As these are two different games, with Artifact 2.0 having a bevy of changes, players can choose to download and play either game for free at this point. The original can be played as Artifact Classic, while the newer version is known as Artifact Foundry. Both can be found on Steam. Players can no longer spend money on either game (like the Card Packs or Classic Client, for example), as they are both 100% free at the moment. In an official blog post today, the Artifact team commented on the reboot:
“While we are reasonably happy to have accomplished most of our game goals, we have failed to bring the number of active players to a level that warrants further development at this time. As such, we are made the difficult decision to stop development on the beta version of Artefact 2.0. “
No further game updates are planned for either version of Artefact.
I was very impressed when I first saw Artifact at PAX years ago, and I had a blast with Artifact 2.0 (Foundry) during its beta session. My opinion of the original classic version was also quite positive. The online digital card game market is very competitive and I wish things had turned out differently for this particular game. I think serious issues with the game’s monetization plan and other aspects of the game, including the lack of updates and content rollouts, have put it on an incredibly difficult path to fix, and that is a shame to see the potential of the game languish.
Well, at least I can still get into Artifact Foundry for a draft. I think they did a great job on this new draft format, and played quite a few hours with friends and vagaries. Artifact captured Dota’s characters (and even new ones!) In card form and gave players another fun way to engage in this universe when they weren’t trying to play six Anti-mage slots in a 50-minute scrum in Dota 2. It’s sad that the game’s revitalization plan won’t see a real release, and instead seems doomed to live on as a historic example for other online collectible card games .
“We are grateful to all Artefact players, and especially those who were able to help us develop and refine what would become Artifact Foundry,” said the Artifact team. “The team believe this is the approach that best serves the community. We are proud of the work we have done on both games and delighted to bring them to a much wider audience of players.”
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