A video posted to YouTube by an global attendee shows us the crowd's rather lackluster reaction to Valve's Artifact teaser. Maybe Artifact will even cross over into Dota 2 itself.
Today, during the celebration of The International, the biggest tournament of DOTA 2, Valve has presented Artifact: The Dota Card Game, which will arrive in 2018. There have also been rumors in the past year or so that Valve is getting ready to make Steam better on mobile devices.
Well now according to Dota 2, Valve has been working on a new game finally.
Artifact is based on the world of Dota (short for Defense of the Ancients), which is a gigantically popular multiplayer online battle arena game in the vein of League of Legends. Certain cards also have persistent effects on the lanes themselves.
Former Double Fine project lead Brad Muir has confirmed his involvement in Artifact, which might help its appeal to Dota fans. And be sure to keep Valve Time in mind.
I struggle to see many valid criticisms of Valve's proposed entry into the card game genre, especially given how little is yet known about it.
Again, Valve hasn't confirmed any platforms, but we can make an educated guess. Apparently there's some sort of "three lane" card system (like Dota 2, you see?) involved as well.
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN.