Valve’s ‘Artifact’ card game not free but $20 for only 2 card decks

Valve’s first new game in five years is set to launch on Steam later this year, but it certainly isn’t going to be free.

The game, of course, is Artifact, the collectible card game based on the DOTA 2 universe similar to Magic The Gathering, and a game that fans booed when Valve first previewed it last year at their annual tournament The International.

Unlike other extremely popular collectible card games like Gwent, Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, however, Artifact is not going to be a free game.

Instead, players will have to pony up $20 for just two card decks of 54 cards each, along with $2 more for every new deck they want to play above the first two.

At that kind of money, and with very successful competition, whether Artifact is a success or not will depend on if players want to pay out 20 bucks just to start playing a new collectible card game, especially when other popular and very good card games are already free.

In other words, Artifact is probably going to have to offer something a lot better than Gwent, Hearthstone or The Elder Scrolls: Legends for most players to jump ship.

Especially when the other games already have a combined history of several years on Valve and Artifact.

Artifact, launches exclusively on Steam (of course), for $20 on November 28th. It will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, with Android and iOS sometime in 2019.

Me? I’ll probably stick with Gwent which if you haven’t played it yet, is pretty damned awesome.