Valve used the long weekend to announce Artifact, its Dota-themed card game, will bring the developer back into the gaming world.
“Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us, so that’s sort of good news,” Valve’s Gabe Newell said at a press conference. “Hurray! Valve is going to start shipping games again.”
“We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo,” Newell continued, detailing Valve’s development strategy. “When Miyamoto is sitting down thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario he’s thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities, and he can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.
“And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he’s designing the software at the same time that’s really going to take advantage of that. That’s something we’ve been jealous of and that’s something that you’ll see us taking advantage of subsequently.”
Artifact is a card-based multiplayer game that will not be free-to-play. We don’t know much else about the title as yet, but you can check out a teaser trailer above.
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