There’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Artifact, the newest game on the way from Valve. Revealed at Valve’s massive annual Dota 2 tournament, The International, Artifact has been the topic of much discussion since its debut. A lot of that discussion has been negative, and thanks to one International attendee, we get to see how Dota 2 fans reacted to the news in real time.
A video posted to YouTube by an International attendee shows us the crowd’s rather lackluster reaction to Valve‘s Artifact teaser. The crowd in the video gives a collective, disappointed response, with little in the way of clapping or cheering. See for yourself in the 12 second clip below.
There are a variety of reasons why the crowd could have given this kind of reaction. The first, and most obvious reason, is the long wait Half-Life fans have had to endure as they wait for Valve to announce Half-Life 3. It’s been nearly a decade since the last installment in the series, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, was released, and fans are certainly wondering if Valve will ever continue the series.
Then again, The International is a Dota 2 tournament, so to expect a Half-Life 3 reveal there might not make much sense, despite the large viewer numbers the event pulls in. Perhaps these fans were hoping for a more substantial announcement for Dota 2? That seems to be the most likely scenario, but even without expecting any new Dota 2 announcements, it’s still easy to understand why this is disappointing.
After all, there are a lot of card games available at the moment. The most popular is unquestionably Hearthstone, but others with a substantial following include Elder Scrolls Legends and Gwent. All of three of those games offer a unique take on CCGs, but beyond them, there are many more games looking to take advantage of this relatively new – and insanely profitable and popular – gaming craze.
Valve’s entry into the saturated world of video game CCGs seems entirely too late, and it’s clear that many attendees at the International would have preferred the resources used in developing Artifact be applied to something else. What do you think? Are you excited for Artifact or are you as disappointed as the crowd at The International? Head down to the comments section and let us know!