Valve’s next game, Artifact, will launch November 28 on Steam at a price of $20 USD, with iOS and Android versions to follow in 2019. Fans will be able to go hands on at PAX in Seattle, WA ahead of release, with that event running from August 31 through September 3. Yes, folks – we’re on the cusp of the release of a new game from Valve, and even if it’s not Half-Life 3 that’s a serious meme-killer.
We still don’t know exactly what the $20 purchase price gets you, though we can make some guesses. When we saw Artifact earlier this year, Gabe Newell suggested that the game would place a heavy emphasis on buying and selling cards through the Steam marketplace, but that it would not be free-to-play. Most likely, the purchase will get you a selection of starter cards and perhaps some booster packs, similar to the beginner packages offered for many physical trading card games.
Valve’s attempt has a serious shot at being one of the best card games on PC.
The news comes via Geoff Keighley’s Twitter. The prolific videogame host shared some of the first images of Artifact during Valve’s reveal event earlier this year, and this seems to be part of a continued partnership. (So feel free to begin speculating on whether Valve will unveil another new title at this year’s Game Awards.)
Artifact – Releasing November 28, 2018 on PC / Mac / Linux priced at $20 USD will be up for its first hands on showing at PAX West between Aug 31 – Sep 3, 2018.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 1, 2018
More pertinently for PAX attendees, the game’s playable showing at PAX West will offer attendees swag and a pair of keys for free copies for showing up. Whether or not you’re attending, the event should provide a lot of fresh footage and hands-on accounts of what to expect from Artifact.
We knew the Artifact release date was set for this year, though we didn’t know precisely when or how much it would cost – only that it would not be free-to-play. Stick with us in the months ahead for more details on what to expect from Valve’s next title.
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