Gearbox Software, often called the “guys who created Borderlands” (someone calls them that right?), have started recruiting for their new game currently codenamed Project 1V1. While details are certainly scant, emails sent out yesterday to a few Shift Team members have some info on what we can expect from the currently in development title.
“Project 1v1 is the code name for a top-secret, in-development, competitive first person shooter… ! Project 1v1 combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.”
Their last outing into uncharted territory, Battleborn, was completely overshadowed by Overwatch that released during the same time frame. From the sounds of it, they’re trying to break into a new genre that combines both card games as well as first-person combat. What is rather unique is that they are emphasizing the competitive 1v1 nature of the game which is akin to the tense style of a fighting game.
So when can we expect to actually see anything from it? According to their newly launched site project1v1.com, this summer will be the first closed technical test on PC focused on testing the online infrastructure (read: net-code) as well as gather player feedback and adjust from there. The closed technical test will include ranked, challenge, and arena modes so I’m betting that will work a lot like Hearthstone but also have a more active (and hopefully funny) Gearbox take on it. I’ll also place a safe bet it will be free to play when it does eventually launch.
As of right now, the closed technical test will only be conducted on PC with no word of any consoles being included in the future. Project 1V1 has no release date (or proper name) as of now, but perhaps they’ll strike gold once again and make a few explosions along the way.
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