Retro shooter Keystone rebrands as The Amazing Eternals ahead of founder beta

    
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Remember back in 2015 when a gamer sneaked into Digital Extremes’ headquarters and wandered around for a day, tricking the unassuming Canadian devs into spilling the beans on a top-secret “FPS with cards” game they were working on? Last spring, we found out that game was a real thing, a retro-pulp shooter/card game hybrid called Keystone.

Today, however, we’re finding out that the “Keystone” title has been scrapped in favor of a new one: The Amazing Eternals. The Warframe dev asserts now that Keystone was just a codename for the closed alpha, which is drawing to a close and will soon be replaced with a closed beta that you too can pay to play.

“Building from its Closed Alpha test with thousands of enthusiastic new players, free-to-play Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes will launch the Founders Program for The Amazing Eternals (formerly codenamed Keystone) Tuesday, August 29. Using the community-driven model that helped grow Warframe to great success, The Amazing Eternals Founders Program rewards early adopters with direct development team collaboration, exclusive in-game gear, instant access to the Closed Beta, and more. Join the Multiverse by signing up free for a chance to get into The Amazing Eternals Closed Beta or enter the game instantly with the Founders Program launch on Tuesday, August 29!”

Last time we wrote about Keystone, the aesthetic impressed damn near everyone.

“The Amazing Eternals is a competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action, deck-building strategies, and 1970s retro-pulp visuals. The Amazing Eternals will take players on a journey through a multiverse that begins on the starting square of a mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match offering handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks.”

Signups for the free wing of the closed beta are live now on the new official site. Here’s a peek at the assets in the wild now:

Source: Press release, official site
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Zen Dadaist

The new name is a better indicator of the themes and tone of the game, so it’s a good move.

Ironic really – one of the reasons I ignored Warframe for so long was it’s incredibly bland name that told me nothing about the weird game universe within. I’d just contonue to scroll through lists of games looking for something to catch my attention, and ‘warframe’ just sounded like another generic action shooter in a robot suit…

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Little Bugbear

This is bound to be successful. I’m looking forward to playing it.

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Armsbend

The screenshots look like Paladins before they wanted to make their game like everyone else’s game and fail.

I love the box artwork and fonts in the game. Interested for that alone.

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John Mynard

I love the aesthetic. And it seems to have a sense of humor. People are going to call it an Overwatch clone and that’s ok. So long as DE does with this what they’ve done with Warframe, I’m in.

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Armsbend

There is still room for a good clone that no one seems about to fill. Paladins isn’t going to succeed and certainly Lawbreakers isn’t going to. So there is still that open space for a 2nd and 3rd.

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miol

Ugh!

Of all the the existing game genres, the’ve chosen the most superficial one!
Such a waste of potential!

Let’s hope, that they’ll at least maybe add a campaign some day…

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Sray

So this thing seems vaguely comic book themed and is named “The Amazing Eternals”… I wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney/Marvel waltz in with a C&D to force a name change any minute. Might happen, might not: just saying if it does I won’t be surprised.

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Alfredo Garcia

*DE receives the C&D, changes name to “The Uncanny Celestials”.