Nope, we’re not talking about Borderlands. Though, the folks at Gearbox are busy working on their loot shooter franchise. This game is something different. And it appears to be in very early development.
Right now it’s called Project 1v1. A code name for what Gearbox describes as 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.” Oh, and the obvious microtransaction crate system that probably comes with it.
Microtransactions are fine. As long as they stick to cosmetics only. Don’t push that crap into the gameplay. If you want to see a system that works just look at Rainbow Six: Siege, CS:GO, or PUBG. Stick to cosmetics. But who knows how Gearbox will approach microtransactions with this new shooter. The collectible card game mechanics sets off warning bells for me.
But hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Gearbox has no plans for microtransactions.
The good news is the devs want to hear what we think about the game and use that feedback in future development.
A technical test is coming this summer to test online infrastructure and get a feel at how the community responds to their newest shooter. Three modes will be featured:
Ranked – Get matched with an opponent based on player rating. Win ranked matches to earn experience and crates containing new cards.
Challenge – Challenge a friend to an unranked match.
Arena – Queue up to challenge the current Arena champion – and win to take their place.
When I first heard about a new shooter from Gearbox, I instantly thought Brothers in Arms. You would think with the success of Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty going back to WWII, Gearbox would be all over a new Brothers in Arms game.
Can you believe it’s been almost 10 years since we last saw a proper Brothers in Arms game? Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway placed us with men of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden.
The tactical shooter genre is seeing a huge resurgence these days led by Rainbow Six: Siege. Other games like Squad have also found dedicated audiences. The appetite for tactical shooters is there. And Gearbox already has the franchise to take advantage of it.