Valve made a surprise announcement Tuesday about a new game coming in 2018 during The International, the “Dota 2” tournament that it’s hosting at KeyArena in Seattle this week. But a teaser trailer for “The Artifact” didn’t reveal much other than that it’s a card game — and fans in attendance and online reacted as if they were hoping for much more.
VentureBeat called the move a surprise for the Bellevue, Wash.-based video game giant, and said it appears to be Valve’s effort to go after Blizzard Entertainment’s “Hearthstone” and its dominant position atop digital card games.
The collective moan from the crowd at KeyArena, when it was revealed that “Artifact” was a card game and not, perhaps, a long-awaited follow to 2007’s “Half-Life 2” first-person shooter game, was captured in one classic video:
the reaction to Valve's new game is priceless pic.twitter.com/fw130xPv5e
— Jameskii (@Jameskii) August 9, 2017
Ars Technica had a little more detail on how the game might work, via broadcaster Sean Plott, whose “brief description hinted at a one-on-one digital card-battling game, like ‘Hearthstone,’ only with a ‘Dota’-themed three-lane system and other ‘Dota’-like tweaks.
Valve developer Brad Muir at least tried to stoke some excitement in what was to come:
I've been working on @PlayArtifact at Valve for a while now! Can't wait for you guys to play it! :D!
— Brad Muir (@MrMooEar) August 9, 2017
But fans online may need a bit more convincing. The teaser on YouTube, above, had more than 14,500 thumbs down to just 2,200 thumbs up as of Wednesday afternoon. And the tweets just kept coming:
Remeber when Valve use to make actual video games?
— Matt Espiritu (@CapnCocoCharms) August 9, 2017
So instead of designing something else like HL3, L4D3, Valve decides to make yet another card game
— doom_txt (@doom_txt) August 9, 2017
oh my god i just watched my entire timeline go from "VALVE IS ANNOUNCING A NEW GAME" to "it's a card game fuck" in the span of 30 seconds
— XANDER (@XEECEEVEVO) August 9, 2017
I love how Valve can announce their first new game in 6 years and the general reaction is:
— Stefen (@StefenMski) August 9, 2017