Valve introduces Prelude, an Artifact Comic

A second comic will go live on the launch date and pre-loading for Artifact starts tonight.


In celebration of the upcoming launch, Valve is welcoming players into the world of Artifact, the DOTA 2-inspired card game, with a digital comic called Prelude. It's the first in a series and will serve as a way to expand on the lore of both Artifact and DOTA 2.

"Artifact is more than just a Dota card game," the official Artifact blog post reads. "It is a shared universe with a storyline that will deepen the history, expand the world, and change the fates of the heroes of both games."

A second comic will go live on Artifact's launch day, November 28, 2018, and it is called Call to Arms. It sets the stage for events that will "transform the world of Dota forever." You can read the comics on the official Artifact website.

Artifact launches fully soon, but those participating in the beta are already getting a taste. Valve is improving that sampling with an update before the game goes live and the details for the beta patch are below:

  • Features
    • Added the ability to inspect the current deck lists during play using F2 and F3.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes for several crashes.
    • Pressing ESC to cancel an unrecommended action no longer causes the card to become unresponsive.
    • When you try to recycle >1000 cards, the dialog box will be clearer about why you can’t.
    • Fixed the text not fitting in some dialog boxes.
    • Fixed the reward ticket image sometimes being black.
    • Fixed the allied Radiant towers covering damage preview numbers.
    • Fixed bugs with the forced surrender warnings firing too frequently and under the wrong conditions.
    • Improved timing on for Lux and Nox to make them less active.
    • Updated gauntlet rewards sounds.
    • Updated the localization files.

Artifact, the DOTA-inspired card game, launches for $19.99 on November 28, 2018, and pre-loading for those that have purchased it starts tonight. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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