We’d already heard reports that Gearbox Software’s E3 2018 presence would not include Borderlands 3 but that the house that Randy Pitchford built would be showing off “other titles.” As it turns out, we already know what one of those “other titles” is: the mysterious Project 1v1.
Gearbox will be showing off footage of Project 1v1 during a closed-doors presentation at this year’s E3, though don’t expect to get anything other than write-ups about the game.
Little is known about this game, other than that it “combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.” Gearbox reportedly hosted a closed technical test of the game last summer, though very few details about the game emerged from that, presumably due to NDAs and the like.
We do know that the test featured three different modes—Ranked, Challenge (essentially unranked against friends), and Arena, in which players can queue up to take on the current champion. Fans of fighting games should be familiar with the latter mode’s structure. However, as far as actual gameplay specifics are concerned, Project 1v1 is still pretty much a complete mystery to us.
Gearbox launching a new property before Borderlands 3 seems like something of a risk for the studio. The last time it ventured away from its most popular franchise was Battleborn, its hero-based multiplayer shooter that went free-to-play a little more than a year after its release before the developer ended support for the game a few months after that.
That doesn’t mean that Borderlands 3 isn’t coming at some point. A recent leak from Walmart Canada that revealed Rage 2 and Lego DC Supervillains ahead of their official announcements also listed Borderlands 3 as an upcoming title. On top of that, a job listing from Gearbox that was spotted back in October 2017 made it sound like Borderlands 3 was well into its later development phases, but Gearbox has still yet to confirm that the game is real.
Source: VG 24/7