Ah, Valve. Come on. When is Half Life 3 coming out? (Answer: probably never). Valve makes some pretty amazing games, like Counter-Strike and Dota 2. They also released The Lab, which is a collection of mini-games from Portal, in 2016.
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Valve has announced a new game. It seems like they’re trying to recreate Dota 2 in card game form. In the game, you’ll control five heroes, which are all from Dota, and you can put them on three different boards which represent top, mid, and bottom. The heroes will have abilities and can move from board to board. Every turn, minions will spawn. Just like in Dota. You kill enemy heroes with your own and get gold. Then you can buy item cards and put them on your heroes. So… Dota. It’s just Dota in card form. You can watch the teaser here on Youtube.
It’s supposed to be slated for release in 2018 and will probably be playable on PC. It’s likely that the game will be released on mobile, too. The thing is, with Valve time, we might not end up getting the game until 2020 or later. And look at those likes vs. dislikes! Right now it’s at 2, 750 likes to 19,745 dislikes! That’s insane. The comments are pretty hilarious. For example: “What’s next, Half-life & Portal Pachinko-Slot Machine?” from Expect the Unexpected and “Probably Half-Life 3 will be card game” by Youtube user Palarden.
I guess Valve just really likes disappointing its fans, you know? There was another video posted about the fans’ reactions at The International 2017, which is where the game was revealed. The fans were not loving it. Usually, Valve uses the stage to announce new heroes.
If you take a look at the comments on this video, you might not be surprised to see that the top-rated comment is an ASCII drawing of…a middle finger. The gaming community is blowing up right now over this news because it’s extremely disappointing. It’s cash-grabby. It reeks of Valve trying to pour money into a “safe” option because people are currently spending lots of money on card games and Valve wants in.
It’s like seeing your idol produce an ugly fidget spinner just to be fresh and rad. On top of that, can any card game beat Hearthstone? I doubt it. Hearthstone is just too well constructed, and there are so many clones and wannabes already flooding the market, don’t you agree? There are so many potential games that Valve could instead have invested in; Half Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3. Those would be amazing! But instead, they just want to make a weak copy of Hearthstone. People have invested a lot into Valve’s games and Steam hoping that they’ll be able to play the games that made them fall in love with the company in the first place. They want to play good games like Portal and Dota 2, which is why they’ve been tossing so much money at Valve in the first place–in the hopes that Valve will make more great games. But instead, Valve used The International to reveal a game that not many people seemed to want in the first place. Many fans have been commenting on different videos and posts explaining how they’re disappointed and probably won’t be spending any money on the game, if and when it does come out.
I feel disappointed because honestly, there are only so many ways to build a card game, and almost all of the ones out right now are just blatant copies of Hearthstone. It’s just not exciting anymore. If you want to play a card game, it would just be easier to download the original! On top of that, Artifact doesn’t seem to bring any new characters to the table. One of the things I love most about new games is that they introduce new and exciting characters. But this game is just a glorified rehash of Dota. It seems like they were running out of ideas or too scared to try something new, so they decided to just fall back on what’s already working. It’s a shame because I have faith in Valve–or I want to–I want to be able to brag to my friends about how amazing Valve’s new game is and how they should all try it. I did that with Portal and Half-Life 1 and 2 when I played them. I don’t think I’ll be able to do that from this game.
I still have some hope though. Maybe they’ll amaze everyone with the gameplay. Or maybe they can do something innovative, refreshing, and different with card games that Blizzard didn’t think to do with Hearthstone. What are your opinions on the announcement? Does it seem like a game you’d like to play or would you rather pass on it?