Artifact continues to hemorrhage players as fans plead for a sign from Valve

    
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Hey, let’s talk about Artifact! When last we checked in with Valve’s digital card game (the first new game from the studio since Dota 2, which is also the universe the game is based on), it was losing players at an aggressive rate, the game’s Twitter account had been silent for a month, and players were anxious. As we check in on it now… the game is still managing to lose players at an aggressive rate, and the few remaining players are desperate for any sign that the game isn’t already dead.

It’s a pretty big deal when you consider that a full set of the game’s cards – the cards which were sold as being only acquired through real money – will now cost you $60 to acquire. That’s for a full set. There’s supply in abundance and virtually no demand.

Players on the game’s forums are naturally desperate for some communication, with the game having received no patches whatsoever since late January. Discussions over moving the game into a free-to-play title have been met with some consternation from the remaining players who don’t want their investments devalued further, although one could argue that ship has not only sailed but reached its destination and been burned as an offering.

Source: Kotaku
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Peregrine Falcon

All it would take would be for one dev to say something on the forums or on twitter. Valve knows this and yet they won’t do it.

The game’s clearly done folks. Stop spending money on it and get out now.

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Greaterdivinity

https://www.artibuff.com/blog/2019-03-08-garfield-is-no-longer-at-valve

In some worse news for fans of the game, apparently Richard Garfield, the dude that crated MTG and that Valve brought on via contract to help with Artifact, is one of the ones let go (well, his company of 3 people was as they were contract).

He has a solid response to comment that’s professional AF and not shitty to Valve at all, but this definitely doesn’t really instill confidence in its future : /

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Armsbend

I assume he doesn’t need Valve.

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donvweel

His work is pretty much done, I think he is still helping out with advice as he does not want to see a failure.

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rafael12104

Heh. This is like watching GOT before an inevitable death scene. Entertaining, but a little sad too.

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Danny Smith

Reminder:

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Greaterdivinity

Man, part of me really appreciates the simple, straightforward, no-frills or bullshit powerpoint he’s showing (dug up the video to watch a bit), because I utterly loathe that shit.

But at the same time…man it’s weird seeing the head of a company like Valve, estimated to be worth around $4B give or take, basically giving what looks like a highschool presentation.

This amuses and confuses me.

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Nathan Aldana

I mean it fits the level of effort valve puts into anything.

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deekay_plus

valve has zero follow through.

that and the plan was to launch it and have it be a runaway success they can neglect for six months until they release more trading cards to sell in it six months down the road.

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Indigo Salma

Good, let it die. And all the future games of its kind made by Valve with this kind of monetization. They should start making actual games like they used to not these cash shop infused trash.

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PurpleCopper

Valve isn’t gonna save this game, it’s too late. Everybody has jumped ship and now plays Dota Auto Chess. Even Valve’s sizing up Dota Auto Chess for an acquisition (maybe).

Perhaps that’s what Valve should do, just stick to acquiring and polishing up fan-made mods instead of making new games.

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Bruno Brito

Valve wouldn’t save jackshit anyway. How long has it been since they’ve actually been a gaming company?

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jay

I thought this shuttered due to lack of players a while ago

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Bruno Brito

Welcome to Valve. I would show you around but there’s no one here.

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Ironwu

As far as Valve games go, based on past history, I would not spend any money on them at all. For Valve to take one of the signature games (Half Life 2) and simply abandon it 2/3 of the way through the story is a disgrace.

Why should anyone ever trust them again with any new long running game? I know I won’t