Showing posts with label Valve Corporation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valve Corporation. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artifact Loses 97% Players

Only two months after its debut, Valve's online card game Artifact has lost over 97% players and still declining.

For the past few years, Hearthstone was dominating the ever growing market of online digital collectible card game genre and Artifact has debuted in November 2018 as an answer to the game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation.

Sure, Valve has a history of delivering huge hits like Half-Life and Left 4 Dead franchise that fans still love till date but sadly for their latest release, not even card game players are showing any interest as it is currently facing a concurrent player drop.

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Artifact Loses 97% Players

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Initially, the game has launched two months ago with a simultaneous players number of 60,740 at that time. By next month on December, it was surpassed by No Man's Sky on Steam and from ever since, that downward trend is showing no sign of stopping.

Seeing an all time low, their playerbase has come down to a drop of 97.5% in just two months after release and ranking at 145 on Steam Charts. Even Valve's first-person puzzle-platform and critically-acclaimed game of 2011, Portal 2 has more players online.

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Apparently, the DOTA 2 inspired card game is failing to pick up any interest among players and there are a number of reasons for that. The crown-jewel of online card game is following a free-to-play model, whereas Artifact is charging everyone $19.99 only to buy the game.

However, fans who believed in the developer still took part in the alternative model but when it was revealed that you simply cannot get newer cards without spending real money; it sparked a huge wave of complaints within the community.

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In the weeks that followed, it became very clear that Valve is not attracting new players to their anticipated online trading card game. Moreover, many angry people bombed the game's Steam page with negative reviews for their shoddy monetization scheme.

The developer tried to do damage control by adding balance and leveling where one could earn new decks by simply playing which was followed by an update that re-balanced some of the overpowered cards but it didn't help to impress their fallen playerbase.

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When Valve finally decided to return into making video games and roped in world-famous game designer Richard Garfield for the development of DOTA 2 based card game experience, people were genuinely hyped but seems like all of it was for seemingly nothing.

Artifact could have possibly made it if they chose to follow a free-to-play system rather than their widely criticized pay-to-play model on top of the staring fee of $19.99 bucks that no other title of the same genre has asked for ever, turning it into one of the most disappointing releases on Steam.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2018 on Steam.

It is almost the end of the year 2018 and Valve Corporation came up with an updated list of the top best-selling and most played PC games with a great number of simultaneous players on their digital distribution platform Steam.

Some of the titles that made it to the list are also part of their ongoing Steam Winter Sale and you may find some really good games in it for a great discounted price. So, without any further delay, let's jump into the topper into the yearend list of 2018.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

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The top selling 100 games are categorized into four different classes like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze based on their overall earned revenue throughout the last twelve months. Some of the best-sellers from the early count are still holding their grounds.

Games like Warframe, Far Cry 5, Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Grand Theft Auto V, DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Civilization VI and Elder Scrolls Online are on the top 10 of Platinum group.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2018

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Players are counting Dead by Daylight, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Total War: WARHAMMER II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin's Creed Origins and Jurassic World Evolution among the Gold standards.

Titles like Fallout 4, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Dying Light, Team Fortress 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Frostpunk, No Man's Sky, Final Fantasy XV, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ are really finding a Silver lining on the list.

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In Bronze section we have Hunt: Showdown, ARMA 3, Total War: WARHAMMER, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Payday 2, Sniper Elite 4, Call of Duty: WWII, SMITE, Soulcalibur VI, For Honor, The Division, Watch Dogs 2, Darkest Dungeon and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Currently, CS: GO, DOTA 2, GTAV, PUBG, R6S and Warframe are joined by Monster Hunter: World, Realm Royale and Path of Exile that has been on the peak with over 100,000 concurrent players being engaged to them.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018

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With 50,000 players engaged in it in real-time Subnautica, ARK: Survival Evolved, Vermintide 2, Scum, Atlas and Artifact are apparently on the second tier. Left 4 Dead 2, Conan Exiles, NBA 2K19, Killing Floor 2, DayZ and H1Z1 is following that up with 25,000 and more.

At 15,000 players on a constant, Age of Empires II HD, AC Origins, Quake Champions, Borderlands 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Vampyr, Dark Souls III, Dark Souls: Remastered, XCOM 2 and Total War: ROME II are holding their line as well.

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Despite so many good games falling into the trap of "Broketober", the real good ones survived till the end. However, not many of them have seen a good time like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2 and died down.

Aside from the purchase of the base game, Steam also took account of the revenue earned from DLC packs. Though some of the elite on the lists are free-to-play, you can easily find some of the best AAA games of recent times within 33-85% discount for sure.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

Valve's Dota-based digital card game Artifact has just received its first balancing patch with added features.

For long, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has been enjoying the success of their multiplayer online battle arena game DOTA 2 and then came up with a digital collectible card game Artifact based on the mythos of the community-created mod.

Debuted earlier on November 28, 2018 for Linux, Mac and PC, the title has been receiving quite an attention from critics and players. The game already got its first balance patch "Build Your Legend Update" for even more intense deck-building fun.

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Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

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Players can now level up accounts with the newly deployed system, which will let them unlock tickets and card packs down the road. Ongoing card balance has a lot of perks for a digital game and realizing that, the company is just trying to embrace the change.

Valve has originally planned for the model to work like a normal trading card game and decided to ban cards only in emergency situations that calls for such action but they took a month to reach that conclusion. For more details on the changes made, take a look at the Patch Notes.

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After evaluating feedback from direct interactions, online suggestions and group discussions among their team members, they collectively decided to be flexible with improvisation. Those who have purchased the affected cards before can sell their cards back to the store within next two weeks.

However, players never expected to see a patch this soon after the launch of the game but it came as a statement from the developer team working on it. While the team was old-fashioned with some cards, they made significant alteration to others.

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Even only a few days ago, Artifact was listed among the bottom 10 of the top 100 best-selling games list on Steam and following the update, that place has significantly improved. People are mostly positive towards these new adjustments and hopefully the game is not dying down soon.

Seeing Valve taking such an agreeable approach to modification, we guess that there are more patches coming down for the foreseeable future. Despite the game being innovative, it pushes the player to spend more money and time, which can scare off many newcomers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Steam Autumn Sale 2018

Valve brings back annual Steam Autumn Sale for gamers to find some new favorites as well as Steam Awards.

Everyone is going cuckoo with the Black Friday Deals on games and consoles these days but your holiday shopping season now gets more exciting with the Steam Autumn Sale of this year that has over 14,205 titles on sale for PC gamers.

Valve's video games digital distribution platform Steam already kick started today and will run till November 27, 10 AM PT. Go browse for your favorite games to see what offer they have in store for you or simply look over the recommendations they have for you.

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Steam Autumn Sale 2018

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On the highlighted deals from their list we have some good deals for the day and so far titles like Age of Empires II HD at 80%, Cities: Skylines at 75% and Jurassic World Evolution at 60% discount are looking pretty good for now.

Then there are Dead Cells at 20%, Enter the Gungeon at 50%, Frostpunk at 33%, Grand Theft Auto V at 34%, Graveyard Keeper at 30%, Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2, NBA 2K19 and NieR: Automata for a 50% price off is pretty decent as well.

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These are what we saw on the screen which is entirely tailored by our frequent searches what it appears. Based on your browsing preference, you may see some more games popping up in the page and some games from your wishlist may also show up there.

Action-adventure game Rise of the Tomb Raider from developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix is going on sale at 80% off, which makes the title available for only $3.99. This would be a good pick up choice if you are planning to jump on board with the sequel anytime soon.

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Steam Autumn Sale Games on 50%-Off

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The top-selling chart currently consists of titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Monster Hunter: World and Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition, offering a 33%-35% reduction on them. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY and Civilization VI Gold Edition offers 60% and 69% money off for now.

Far Cry 5, Rocket League, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER II and Valkyria Chronicles 4 are all available on half of their original price. Artifact, Farming Simulator 19 and Playerunknown's Battlegrounds are the only two games going on their regular price.

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From Bethesda Softworks, post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise of Fallout is on 50-75% off excluding Fallout 76. Both Fallout and Fallout 2 is available to grab on a 75% off while Fallout 3 GOTY and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate can be yours for a 50% reduction.

Fallout 4 base game or VR edition is up for grabs at 50% price but Game of the Year Edition offers a solid 60% off. The Season Pass for the game with a lot of add-on content is going up for 67% less than general and there is never a bad time to go back to the wastelands.

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This season is also time for choosing Game of the Year like many other renowned platform and Steam Awards has returned to do the same. They have opened up and taking nominations for your favorite games and will accept your votes even after the sales end.

You can just pick up any games to nominate from now on and the finalists will be revealed from those in December. The voting will then commence to determine winners, which will be announced in February 2019.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into the business of running digital distribution platform for video games via Steam, Valve Corporation used to be the developer studio that Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from the HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

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Apparently, this one is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman into fighting aliens once again. The fictional immersive world Valve built around this game was loved by fans but they decided to continue with Portal series instead.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced that the studio is returning back to video game development and they simply are not indicating their upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that. The company decided to start shipping games again after developing them.

For years, there were also rumors flying on live-actions movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate the video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

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However, this is not the first time enthusiast fans of the acclaimed first-person shooter series are hearing of a potential Half-Life game whether it is on VR or not. In 2016, players found the phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside the code and then their Steam VR app also had a mention of it as well.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe development but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. Let's just hope that the rumors turn out to be true this time.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Steam Best-Selling & Most Played Games of 2018

Valve is looking back at the top-seller games, most played and the ones with the most simultaneous players for 2018 so far.

Each year, Valve Corporation unveils a list of the best-selling and most played titles on their digital distribution platform Steam and 2018 is not going to be any different. Also, Steam Summer Sale was nearing its end and gamers ought to know which games are ruling the top charts currently.

Despite seeing a sudden fall in sales for the past couple of months, there are many willing to cash in for their favorite games and the list for best playing games got some surprising and unexpected entries as well.

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Steam Best Selling & Most Played Games 2018

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Few of the top sellers of 2018 starts with games like Jurassic World Evolution, Far Cry 5, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Civilization VI, Rocket League, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Grand Theft Auto V and Warframe.

Aside from inclusion of CS: GO, Dota 2, PUBG and Warframe, rest of the entries were unpredictable. Steam has separated these top games into four different categories like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

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Open world action adventure Assassin's Creed Origins, Final Fantasy XV, fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, turn-based RPG title Divinity: Original Sin II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls Online came close topping the list into Gold category.

Considering new sequels from their franchise is awaiting release, Dying Light and Fallout 4 are doing quite well by securing Silver rank, while Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division managed to enter the Bronze class.

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Games that have the most concurrent number of players are according to official report are CS: GO, Warframe, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, PUBG and GTA V. All of the above-mentioned titles are drawing more than 100,000 players simultaneously on Steam.

KC: Deliverance, Rocket League, Garry's Mod, Football Manager 2018, Rust, Civilization V, FC5, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Civilization VI, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Payday 2 comes close with 50,000 players hooking up to it in real-time.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

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Another thing that stuck on our mind is that cooperative first-person shooter game Left 4 Dead 2 is still generating more than 25,000 concurrent players even after a decade of its release. This clearly states, why Turtle Rock Studios should go ahead with a plan to develop Left 4 Dead 3 for anticipating fan-base.

With Steam offering some huge discounts on popular games, hardcore gamers are barging in on old and new titles, because Valve apparently has something for everyone in their store. At the end of the year, we will see some major entries making their way into the list.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Teasing to return in 2017 and having players hope crushed, Turtle Rock Studios is probably working on Left 4 Dead 3 for real this time.

Developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher Valve Corporation have introduced a new horror-movie themed first-person shooter Left 4 Dead back in 2008, which led to a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 the next year because of immense popularity and has since been on departure for over a decade. Dedicated fans still wonder if a second sequel is going to happen and according to a recent job listing from the developer studios, the long-awaited Left 4 Dead 3 seems like a possibility.

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Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

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Apparently, the studio is hiring animator, character concept artist and senior level designer along with a few other categories to work on a "globally known game franchise". They wanted the applicants to have "experience working on competitive FPSs” and “working with modern FPS engines” like Unreal Engine 4, which clearly suggests to L4D. They even mentioned playing Left 4 Dead everyday as part of their game development process and point to be noted, no other game was referenced.

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Now these hints could have also pointed to another FPS title, Evolve that Turtle Rock has developed and released in 2015, which was a commercial success then. However, a downward drive to sales and considering publisher 2K Games is shutting down the servers for the game on September, 2018 doesn't seem rational for the creators to invest resources on the project. So, Left 4 Dead 3 being an ongoing project in development by the studio seems a lot logical on retrospective.

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A third title from L4D franchise is a long-time fan demand just like development of Half-Life 3, which should be met. If speculations are true based on recently found evidence then we may not have to wait for long to see a third entry to the series. The original game took PC and Xbox 360 by storm while many were also able to enjoy the game on Mac. Then the huge pre-order sale of the sequel had us believe that a trilogy is just ahead but sadly, Valve doesn't believe in that concept.

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Now is the time when video game market is over saturated with zombie killing games and even makers of Payday series, Overkill Studios has been up to bringing OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, which clearly adapts the co-op shooter formula from Left 4 Dead. A remake for Capcom's survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 is finally making progress to be released on 2019 as well. All things considered, Valve can make a huge comeback with Left 4 Dead 3 even after failing to do that in 2017 after teasing.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

Valve finally decided to allow everything onto their Steam store, with a few tiny exceptions.

There was a time when we knew Valve Corporation for producing games like Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead. Today, we know it for developing a digital distribution platform for video games known as Steam. Till now, they were running this stage for developers to showcase their games for consumers to pick them up all from one place and often regulated what types of games should or shouldn't be on the place but that is changing after a recent controversy over their action.

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Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

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When they took a tough stand against Adult visual novels, many independent developers involved with such projects took it to social media to address their frustration with Valve's policing. In past, they even made many of devs to even censor their content in order to keep it on their platform. However, rather than being appreciated, they were heavily criticized by fans and many, leading them to finally decide to stop watching over for offensive or adult content on Steam.

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In their official Blog Post, Valve's executive Erik Johnson stated that, their platform will allow almost every type of content from now on unless it is illegal or with an intent of trolling. That means, they have stopped caring about drawing lines and given up that role to the consumers. However, instead of watching over and control what should or shouldn't be on Steam, they will provide various tools to the users, so that they can decide what sort of contents they are interested in and what they want to avoid.

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No Content Policing on Steam

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With this more hands-off approach, Valve now moves away from the debate of their playing role of a moral gatekeeper and allows more freedom to people. They simply explained that, there will always be some developer or games that offend you and think shouldn't exist but that should never take away a game’s voice in a marketplace. Although, the term illegal is considerably easy to define but what exactly constitutes "trolling" is much more complicated than that and leaves room for confusion and debate in future.