Artifact, the Dota card game developed by Valve, is resurfacing with its new look soon. More than a year after it first announced its big rework, some players are going to get a chance to see the results.
Announced in a blog post today, Valve will start sending out email invitations by next week for the revamped Artifact. These will only go out to older players, as in those who bought the game prior to March 30, 2020, and they also won't guarantee you a spot in the beta. Rather, those who opt-in will get placed into a lottery system, and the beta will remain closed for a spell until it transitions to an open beta.
The beta also comes with some warnings. While there won't be any restrictions on streaming or sharing info, certain gameplay modes will be unavailable (including the tutorial) and Valve notes there will be bugs and temporary art. Data might also be reset during the beta. Basically, if you get in, expect more of an actual beta situation than you might be used to these days.
Following a rough launch in late 2018, Valve announced that Artifact would be undergoing a major revision in March last year. In the time since, Valve has been fairly busy with other projects, like Half-Life: Alyx and Dota's own take on the auto chess craze, Underlords.
Valve founder Gabe Newell has said the upcoming update is large, with Edge reporting that it's being called "Artifact 2" by those working on it. Several major updates have already been revealed in recent blog posts, including one big change: no more selling cards.
It's tough to overcome first impressions, but Valve seems determined to see Artifact realized for what it can be. With the slow trickle of the beta, it'll be the Artifact faithful who see whether that's truly happened.