Artifact 2.0, the overhaul of Valve’s card game based on Dota 2, is officially canceled and both the original version of the game, plus the overhaul that was in development, were made free for everyone to play forever.
The news comes in the form of a blog post in the “Recent Events and Announcements” section of the game’s Steam page. The developer detailed what is happening with the game moving forward while briefly explaining what happened with Artifact 2.0, now renamed as Artifact Foundry.
The blog justifies the decision by writing,
It’s now been about a year and a half since the current Artifact team began work on a reboot in earnest. 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. However, we recognize that both versions of Artifact still have players and still have value to the community. For this reason, we’re opening both games up to make them available for free to everyone.Valve
The most significant change to the Artifact experience is that everything in both Artifact Classic, the original version of the game, and Foundry is completely free for everyone. Card packs are no longer purchasable and all the cards that appear in the game can only be acquired by playing the game.
Additionally, marketplace functionality is completely removed from both versions of the game. Before the changes, players were able to exchange cards that were bought with other players in the marketplace. However, this was removed along with all other monetization aspects.
Artifact initially came out on November 28, 2018 and had a mixed reception upon release. The player base declined not too long after the first initial weeks. Artifact 2.0 was meant to be a major update that would both bring back old and entice new players to check the game out.
With Artifact 2.0 canceled and both versions becoming free forever, new life may potentially be breathed into the Dota 2 card game.
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