Valve announced a digital card game, and the internet reacted pretty much how you'd expect

Valve has finally - finally! - announced a new game. It's called Artifact, and it's a... card game spin-off of Dota. Oh.

There's not a whole lot of information about Artifact available just yet. It's said it will play similar to Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, but with more MOBA-like elements such as multiple boards representing lanes and creeps that spawn every turn. Other than that, all we've got at this point is a fairly generic teaser:

The reaction from the gaming community has not been particularly positive.

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And here are a few choice quotes from the YouTube comments (sorry there aren't more, many aren't exactly family-friendly:

"I spent years of my life in total devotion to Valve. I was part of the inner fanboy community to the point of even helping with long-running news concerning specifically Valve. We had to stop, though, because Valve isn't doing anything worthwhile anymore to report on. I'm sure Dota 2 and this Artifact card game will be competently made and enjoyable to those who like that sort of thing, but this is one the biggest figurative slaps to the face I've ever received -- and that's coming from the perspective of someone whose intense Valve loyalty came entirely from Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead. NOBODY makes narrative-driven, singleplayer games like Valve does -- or rather, did -- and so I'm more heartbroken than angry."

"let see if this can beat Official Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer"


And last but not least, here's a video with audio of the crowd's reaction when the teaser was revealed at the Dota 2 competition, The International. There's some clapping sure, but there's a whoooole lot of disappointed "aww"s and even outright boos.

Will Artifact turn out to be a fun game worth playing? Maybe. But it's clear Valve's gonna have to try pretty hard to win people over.

Sam Prell

Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.