Project 1v1 is Gearbox’s next game, and it’s a shooter with a card game in it


Gearbox have announced their latest title. It’s codenamed ‘Project 1v1’, and it will somehow mix a competitive FPS with a collectible card game. 

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All we know of Project 1v1 is what its minimal website tells us. Gearbox say it’s a competitive first-person shooter “that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.” If that sounds appealing, it’s holding a closed technical test at some point this summer (pretty soon, then), for which you can sign up.

The test will feature three game modes: ranked, challenge, and arena. Ranked will match you with an opponent based on your ratings, and will award “experience and crates containing new cards.” Challenge is an unranked mode in which you take on a friend. Arena queues players up to take on the reigning arena champion, taking their place if you win.

And that’s about it. Even the FAQ section simply says ‘coming soon’. We can perhaps glean more from the splash art that runs through the site: there’s a painting of an Asian-influenced science-fiction scene, as skyscrapers with upturned roofs emerge from an underbelly of rocks and furturistic industry, with spaceships flying through the sky. Further down there’s a picture of an exotic forest with bioluminescent plants and a glowing machine of some kind. Make of that what you will.

Speaking of companies releasing new games who also can’t count to three, Valve announced their own card battler – without a shooter element this time – earlier today. It’s called Artifact.