Digital Extremes, a studio best known for developing The Darkness II and Warframe, as well as online elements of AAA games like Bioshock 2 and Homefront, have announced a brand new F2P FPS called Keystone. Not much information has been released so far, other than a brief description of it by the developer as a “competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action and deck-building strategies.” It’s the second element here that is particularly intriguing and appears to be trying to capitalise on the popularity of games like Hearthstone and Gwent to bring a new twist to this established genre.
Keystone will look to build on the table-top theme further by starting players in game experience on “an intriguing, mystical board game.” The deck building element seems essential to gameplay, with “personally customised decks” being usable alongside those finely honed FPS skills, both individually and as part of a team. The developers are embracing a classic 1970s retro-pulp aesthetic, including aliens, robots and astronauts, which adds a level of charm to make Keystone stand out a bit. There’s a sign-up sheet available for the closed Beta this coming weekend from Friday through Monday if you fancy giving this one a try.