Valve have said in a recent developer post on the Artifact website that they will be taking the card game back to the their development laboratories to fix all of the major issues.
The news has come from this developer post which reveals that Valve are not strayinga way from Artifcat being a complete flop of a release. The game which was $20 and also featured a micro-transaction system received criticism for both of these aspects, as well as criticism for the lack of interest Valve has had in its other poor aspects.
According to the post on the website, Valve now completely recognizes that Artifact has numerous problems and that the reception that they have received about the game was not expected at all. "Obviously, things didn't turn out how we hoped. Artifact represents the largest discrepancy between our expectations for how one of our games would be received and the actual outcome. But we don't think that players misunderstand our game, or that they're playing it wrong. Artifact now represents an opportunity for us to improve our craft and use that knowledge to build better games."
Valve say they will be taking has been following how players have been interacting with the game, which has made them conscious of the many issues around the "game design, the economy, the social experience of playing, and more." To correct these problems, Valve has said that instead of their classic update strategy - releasing a constant stream of content updates - they will be "addressing these larger issues instead of shipping updates. While we expect this process of experimentation and development to take a significant amount of time, we're excited to tackle this challenge and will get back to you as soon as we are ready."