Makes the original game F2P.
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Valve is giving up on the idea of Artifact 2.0. This was their attempt to perform drastic overhauls to Artifact after the game was deemed a failure by fans and developers alike. It was a reboot, of sorts. Valve says that they have "accomplished most of (their) game-side goals, (but they) haven't managed to get the active player numbers to a level that justifies further development at this time."

So, development on the Artifact 2.0 Beta is done.

Valve is going to offer up both the original Artifact and the 2.0 Beta as separate releases since they both have some players remaining. Artifact Classic will be joined by Artifact Foundry (which is a renamed 2.0 Beta). No additional gameplay updates will be released. Both games are available for free.

Here's an overview of our final changes to Artifact Classic:
  • The game is free for everyone to play.
  • All players get every card for free. You will no longer be able to buy card packs.
  • Paid players' existing cards have been converted into special Collector's Edition versions, which will remain marketable. Marketplace integration has been removed from the game.
  • Paid event tickets have been removed.
  • Customers who paid for the game will still earn packs of Collector's Edition cards for playing; players who got the game for free will not.

The final release of Artifact Foundry looks like this:
  • The game is free for everyone to play.
  • Players gain access to cards by playing the game. All cards are earned this way; no cards or packs will be for sale and Artifact Foundry cards are not marketable.
  • All final card art that was in the pipeline is now in the game.
A detailed breakdown of the differences between Classic and Foundry can be found here.