Artifact is finally available as a public beta now and Valve has shared an update on the status of the beta and explained some of the missing features.
First Valve explained that since the NDA was lifted on the private beta, since then, they have received an overwhelming feedback on various features that they want to address at this point.
In a post over at Steam forums, Valve has commented on the missing features for Artifact Beta explaining the reason behind them.
- There was no way to do a draft event with friends. We didn’t prioritize this play mode, and had planned to enable it sometime after release. We’ve heard your feedback: drafting with friends is a core part of what you want to spend your time doing in Artifact. In the next Artifact beta build, you can select Call To Arms Phantom Draft in any user-created tournament.
- There was no way to practice the draft modes without spending an event ticket.Drafting is incredibly fun, but can also be very intimidating. We agree that it’s important to have a way to practice before venturing into a more competitive mode. In the next Artifact beta build, everyone who has claimed their starting content will find a Casual Phantom Draft gauntlet available in the Casual Play section.
- There was nothing to do with duplicate starter heroes. We’re adding a system that allows extra, unwanted cards to be recycled into event tickets. This feature will ship before the end of the beta period.
Artifact is a new card game from Valve that is currently available to play on Steam.