Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed in a recent interview that we should expect a “huge new title from 2K” sometime next year. Our thoughts immediately went to Borderlands 3, which has been rumored to be in development at Gearbox Software for over a year.
However, a mysterious new website has popped up, and it hints at Gearbox working on a brand-new IP with a competitive bent.
The website seems to be for a new Gearbox project, code-named Project 1v1, which is a “top-secret, in-development, competitive first-person shooter that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game,” according to the official description.
Project 1v1 seems to be fairly deep into development, as Gearbox is supposedly hosting a “Closed Technical Test” on North American servers this summer to test its online infrastructure and gain player feedback. The technical test will feature three modes — ranked, challenge (an unranked private match), and arena (basically a ladder-based tournament in which players vie for the top spot).
Not only does the website seem legit, but the arrival of Project 1v1 could clarify some other lingering mysteries. For one, Gearbox had show off a tech demo that we assumed was for Borderlands 3, but given its distinct visual style and deviations from Borderlands overall art design, it’s possible that the tech was for Project 1v1 all along. And, in the above-mentioned interview with Zelnick, the Take-Two CEO expresses a desire to move into the world of esports, which he had described as a “big market opportunity.” Project 1v1 already sounds esports-ready, mixing two of the most popular and competitive genres in first-person shooter and card-based strategy.
If a closed technical test is indeed happening this summer, we’ll surely be learning more about Project 1v1 in the coming months. Hopefully, one piece of news we’ll get is that Gearbox has figured out a proper title.