It seems like Artifact Beta 2.0 is the latest result of that review. According to Valve, beta of the original Artifact was “too late” and “too short”, so it wanted to seek public opinion a little earlier this time. “We have decided to approach things a little differently this time by gradually inviting people to join us while we are still ‘Under Construction’,” it said on its website.
The Artifact Beta 2.0 registration page is live.https: //t.co/ahaXEz1Ol3
Everyone is welcome to register, but players in the original version will be given priority. If you were expecting an email from us but did not receive it for any reason, the link above will still work for you.
– Artifact (@PlayArtifact) May 22, 2020
As mentioned above, players in the original game will prioritize signing up for beta. Valve sends emails to all of them next week. “We will use a lottery system to invite people who have opted in,” it said in a statement. “Access to Beta will remain closed until we have worked through the notifications from the original players. Communication about the game will remain open during Beta.
During this phase, Valve hopes to test a variety of mechanisms such as gameplay, balance and hero identity. However, some game modes are locked, such as tournaments and draw modes.
It’s still unclear when Valve will finally move on to an open beta of Artifact, but if everything goes according to plan, it will be after this special round of “experiment and development” is over.