Warframe developer confirms retro hybrid shooter Keystone

    
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Warframe has been positively kicking ass this past year, doing what MMOs seldom do: continue breaking its own concurrency records four years in. So is Digital Extremes content to just roll around in piles of money? Nope — it’s put together a second team to build another game.

It’s called Keystone, and as announced today, it’s a “competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action and deck-building strategies” with an appealing retrofuturist vibe.

“With the look and feel of the 1970’s retro-pulp era, Keystone will take players on a journey through a multi-verse that begins on the starting square of an intriguing, mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match that offer handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates’ decks.”

It appears to be the same game that leaked in 2015 when a gamer literally sneaked into Digital Extremes’ headquarters and wandered around for a day, tricking the Canadian devs into spilling the beans on the “FPS with cards” title.

Closed alpha signups for the game’s first test event this weekend are ongoing on the official site.

Source: Press release, official site
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Alfredo Garcia

The concept art has my attention. I’ll be sad if this turns out to be another one of those physics-free arcade hitscan games. Which it probably will be, le sigh.

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ihatevnecks

That’s exactly what it is. It’s a game about killing monsters and getting loot, not a competitive simulationist title.

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Alfredo Garcia

You could summarize Warframe the same way, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. There’s a lot they COULD do with Keystone to make the game play more interesting than what has been done previously.

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A Dad Supreme

“…“competitive first-person shooter …”
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Companies sure do love the double speak.

Just can’t bring themselves to call it “PvP”.

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ihatevnecks

How’s this double-talk? PvP is a term that’s regularly thrown around MMO world, but it’s never been common in the FPS world. “Competitive Shooter” and “Multiplayer Shooter” have been default descriptions since the 90s.

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Sorenthaz

…So it’s a Paladins clone? ;p

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JonBuck

Looks like Atomic Robo on the lower left.

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threeknee

Pretty much the same description as Paladins. There’s even a Grover in that picture.

Sounds like fun, though.

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Indigo Salma

Basically that guy that broke into their studio 2 years ago and found out about it was right.
Just really hope it has PVE.

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Skai R

So Paladins and Overwatch.

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Deuter

You know, just minus that whole deck-building feature.

“With the look and feel of the 1970’s retro-pulp era, Keystone will take players on a journey through a multi-verse that begins on the starting square of an intriguing, mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match that offer handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates’ decks.”

I know – reading is overrated.

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AoC

I mean, if that’s enough for you to make the game stand apart go right for it.

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Estranged

So, aren’t all of these games some type of 90s Arena shooter clone?

No more shooters, no more MMOs either – that has been done already!

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Tobasco da Gama

So bored with all these Doom clones!

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Estranged

Don’t forget Castle Wolfenstein 3D!

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h4

Paladins already did the fps+card decks thing. As far as I can tell, these fps “decks” feature are basically the same idea as LoL mastery pages, but with a card interface instead of a tree interface.

I’m also skeptical of this game, as a warframe player, because their various conclave/lunaro pvp modes have been poorly received.