Last night at The International 7, Valve had a special surprise cooked up for the fans. A lot of people were unsure what to make of the excitement, but when the trailer finally hit, we got to see a glimpse of a new card game called Artifact that is based in the Dota universe. Here’s the trailer for you to check out.
Now considering this is Valve’s first new game in years of any kind, you’d think the crowd might be more receptive, right? Nope! Here’s a video shot by an attendee of the last part of the trailer, capturing the crowd’s response.
— nick@TI7 (@nickisnixed) August 9, 2017
The last time I heard a reaction like that, I was in a movie theater and M. Night Shyamalan’s name came across the screen. Yeah, there’s some clapping in there, but bear in mind that this is a crowd of diehard gamers who were hoping to see something awesome. Because when you see the name Valve on a new game, the automatic thought is that we might finally see Portal 3 or Half Life 3 (both of which we’ve given up on). To see that the only new game the company has been working on the past six years is a card game based on their most successful eSports title… Yeah, a bit depressing.