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.
Overwatch has been a massive success for Blizzard Entertainment, and given the pedigree of their games that’s saying something. It’s come to dominate the online FPS world almost to the same extent that WoW and Hearthstone dominate their respective genres, and all of that’s happened within just one year! And starting tomorrow there will be a massive in-game anniversary event to celebrate.
We don’t know exactly what will be involved in the event but one thing we know for certain is that there’ll be three new arena maps for us to play in. It looks like each one is based on an existing map, and going off of the video below, they seem to be Dorado, Eichenwalde and Anubis.
In addition to the new event, Overwatch will also be free to play across PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 over the weekend of 26th-29th May. Anybody will be able to download the game for free this weekend and play it for the entirety. All progress will be saved should they decide to purchase the game afterwards There will also be a Game of the Year edition of Overwatch available to mark the occasion, featuring all the content from the original Collector’s Edition, 10 extra loot boxes and some additional themed content for other Blizzard games such as Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft and Diablo 3.