Artifact will have its single-player campaign mode as part of the title’s overhaul updates by Valve’s controversial CCG project. Valve’s massive reboot of Artifact will include a dedicated story mode

Artifact will have its single-player campaign mode

Artifact will have its single-player campaign mode and will not only capitalize on the fact that there is actually a story in Artifact (we wouldn’t blame you for not knowing that), but that Artifact is based on the rich lore of the DOTA 2 universe. Much like Riot is showing with their League of Legends spin-offs, there are, theoretically, quite a few stories to tell with the DOTA mythology, and we’re interested in seeing what Valve does with that lore.

There aren’t many further details available regarding Artifact‘s single-player campaign at this time, but if the Hearthstone single-player campaigns are any indication, then you should basically expect them to emphasize A.I. boss battles that utilize the game’s basic CCG mechanics.

Valve’s still not spilling the beans about what shape this new singleplayer story campaign will take, but I’m interested to see if it takes any lessons from Hearthstone, arguably its main competitor, which has done a pretty good job of leveraging Warcraft’s history and creating singleplayer diversions.

The campaign isn’t the only change to Artifact’s progression—it’s also trying out some new ways to reward players and help them improve their skills to become better competitors. Valve’s still figuring things out, apparently, but for competitive play it’s decided to use something that’s evocative of Dota Underlords’ ranked system.

There’s still no word on when Artifact 2.0 will be playable, but it looks like Valve’s been fiddling with absolutely everything, from initiative and mana mechanics to how players unlock cards. The impact remains to be seen, but the quantity of the changes suggests that it will border on being effectively a new game, though one not entirely unfamiliar to those of you who checked out the original version.

THE CARD GAME REIMAGINED
A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact is a digital card game that combines deeply-strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2. The result is an immersive and visually-stunning trading card game unlike any other.

STRATEGY UNBOUNDED
Wield your deck across three lanes of combat, answer every move of your opponent with one of your own. Unlimited hand size. Unlimited number of units you control. Unlimited mana you can employ.

It’s up to you to decide the best way to navigate the constantly shifting tide of battle.

FUN WITH FRIENDS
If you’ve played card games around a kitchen table, you know the enjoyment that can come with house rules. Artifact allows you and your friends complete control in creating a tournament. Simply select your elimination or non-elimination format and deck constraints; then, challenge your friends to a crucible of your own design.

COMPETE GLOBALLY
Want to test your skill against the world at large? Valve-sponsored gauntlets and tournaments will give players the opportunity to not just play Artifact for the joy of mastery, but to win prizes based upon their level of play.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX
Artifact comes with 5 Card Packs and 2 Event Tickets. Unlock 15 more Card Packs and 15 additional Event Tickets as you play. You’ll also receive 2 Starter Decks each with 40 cards and 9 items.

ARTIFACT is available on STEAM

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