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Dota Underlords from Valve is now in open beta for Linux, mobile too

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Valve are doing some really impressive work with Dota Underlords, their new strategy game that everyone can now try.

As a quick reminder on the gameplay: you go through rounds, picking heroes and placing them on the board, then you fight against the choices of other players and neutral enemies for loot. The actual battles are done by AI, with the tactical part based on your choices and positioning. You lose health based on the amount of enemy heroes left if they beat you and it's the last player standing to win.

It's free and will remain free to play, with some sort of optional Battle Pass likely to come for cosmetic items in future. They have a lot more planned for it including: daily challenges, a level up system, a tournament system, seasonal rotation for heroes and more. They said that during the Open Beta Season, it will regularly see new features and updates.

I've put tens of hours into it and will no doubt play plenty more. It's still a little rough around the edges in places of course, since it's Early Access but I have been really impressed with not only the gameplay but how quick they've acted on feedback. You can see some early thoughts I had here.

Find it on Steam or head to the official site for more info and mobile links. The multiplayer is cross-platform across everything.

Also, this Twitter thread from one of the developers is interesting. Nice to see more Valve developers being so open, which can't be easy given how many people are watching.

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sub 20 June 2019 at 7:51 pm UTC
Btw, anyone else currently not able to log into Steam?
linuxcity 20 June 2019 at 8:01 pm UTC
gonna test this one out
jkaart 20 June 2019 at 8:05 pm UTC
subBtw, anyone else currently not able to log into Steam?
Problem is with newest kernels, use older kernel and it should works.
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6326
Ehvis 20 June 2019 at 10:34 pm UTC
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Only did a few bot matches so far, but I've been enjoying it. But the game isn't really helping you with learning about the heroes. To be effective, you need to instantly know about their movement, attack, special attack and general role. For some of it you need to open the encyclopedia, but things like movement don't appear to be documented at all.
Zelox 20 June 2019 at 11:23 pm UTC
Oh dear, this is so fun and addictive, good by social life, responsabiltys and future plans
ajgp 21 June 2019 at 7:14 am UTC
jkaart
subBtw, anyone else currently not able to log into Steam?
Problem is with newest kernels, use older kernel and it should works.
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6326

THanks for this info; I will hold off updating the Kernel for a while until I see this resolved.
1xok 21 June 2019 at 9:25 am UTC
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Valve fixes bugs in a matter of hours, while Artifact bugs remain unpatched for months:

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6192

Luckily rarely happens. But this segfault is really annoying for a hardcore player like me:

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6079

I encounter this problem almost every day. Okay, it only occurs with the Intel driver, and who is playing Artifact on Linux with Intel drivers? With the few remaining players, I guess I'm the only person on the planet now.

But there are other parts that are lacking. And it's not the gameplay, it's the stuff around it (or the missing stuff around it). Plus that the base game costs money while all competitors are free. If Valve treated Artifact like Underlords, everything would be great. Even if not everyone likes the game.


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jasonm 21 June 2019 at 2:01 pm UTC
1xokValve fixes bugs in a matter of hours, while Artifact bugs remain unpatched for months:

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6192

Luckily rarely happens. But this segfault is really annoying for a hardcore player like me:

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6079

I encounter this problem almost every day. Okay, it only occurs with the Intel driver, and who is playing Artifact on Linux with Intel drivers? With the few remaining players, I guess I'm the only person on the planet now.

But there are other parts that are lacking. And it's not the gameplay, it's the stuff around it (or the missing stuff around it). Plus that the base game costs money while all competitors are free. If Valve treated Artifact like Underlords, everything would be great. Even if not everyone likes the game.

Valve has an official announcement about Artifact and its current condition. It's the latest news segment on the store page. A url for easy access Artifact News

This is the important bits:

"Moving forward, we'll be heads-down focusing on 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."

I would think you would be happy that they were this dedicated to making the game something everybody loves instead of just scaping it.


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1xok 21 June 2019 at 4:14 pm UTC
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jasonmI would think you would be happy that they were this dedicated to making the game something everybody loves instead of just scaping it.

I know this statement and can accept it. But, well, I'd like if they'd fix segfaults at least. These are just bugs and possibly security vulnerabilities that have nothing to do with the gameplay.

Otherwise I'm skeptical, because the gameplay of Artifact is completely ok. The game just needs to become more accessible.

But I have confidence in Valve. Only they shouldn't put it on the back burner. And a better Artifact should still be Artifact, like Richard Garfield designed it. The game that most people enjoy is probably Underlords and not Artifact.


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jasonm 21 June 2019 at 4:20 pm UTC
1xok
jasonmI would think you would be happy that they were this dedicated to making the game something everybody loves instead of just scaping it.

I know this statement and can accept it. But, well, I'd like if they'd fix segfaults at least. These are just bugs and possibly security vulnerabilities that have nothing to do with the gameplay.

Otherwise I'm skeptical, because the gameplay of Artifact is completely ok. The game just needs to become more accessible.

But I have confidence in Valve. Only they shouldn't put it on the back burner. And a better Artifact should still be Artifact, like Richard Garfield designed it. The game that most people enjoy is probably Underlords and not Artifact.

I didn't mean to downplay the frustration of a segfault issue with steam. That would be highly annoying. I would assume those are separate teams working on those two different things though. I'm sorry that troubles you and hope it gets fixed soon.


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