Valve's Artifact reboot will 'take another run' at CCGs

Published: March 20, 2020 1:16 PM /


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Valve has announced its intention to do an Artifact reboot, taking another crack at making their own collectible card game.

Speaking to Edge Magazine (and highlighted on the magazine's sister website GamesRadar), Gabe Newell recently spoke with the magazine about the future of the company. Among the many subjects discussed was Artifact, and Valve shows that they're certainly not done with it.

"Artifact was an interesting failure in its first go-round," Gabe Newell told Edge Magazine. "We were surprised. We thought that it was a really strong product."

Despite Valve's thoughts on the product, it clearly had its problems. It got so bad that the company announced in May 2019 that they would have less focus on new content releases so that they could get the game's overall mechanics fixed.

"We ran an experiment, we got a negative result, and now we need to see if we’ve learned anything from that, so let’s try again," Mr. Newell added. "And that’s what [Artifact's developers] have been doing and that’s what they’re getting ready to release. Based on the reaction to it, what was wrong with the product? How did we get there? Let’s fix those things and take another run at it."

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When Can We Play the Artifact Reboot?

Although the game had a rocky launch and a relatively short life, there were people who enjoyed it. When are they going to be able to play this Artifact reboot?

Well, Mr. Newell doesn't mention any specifics. Any fan of the company's games is well familiar with "Valve Time," the proclivity for the Washington-based developer to delay game updates and releases in favor of taking their time with development.

Odds are, we probably won't be seeing anything new from Artifact for quite a while. If they take their time and analyze their mistakes, Valve might be able to get it right the second time around.

What do you think of the Artifact reboot? Would you be willing to give the game a second chance? Let us know in the comments below!

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