There seems to be two popular, perhaps oversaturated genres at the moment. You can barely switch on your console or load up Steam without being hit in the face with either a new hero shooter, or a new collectible card game.
Digital Extremes, the folks behind the immeasurably popular Warframe, is doing both. At the same time. The Amazing Eternals is a new game from Digital Extremes that blends hero shooters with card gaming mechanics, and will launch next month as a free-to-play game. It was originally unveiled under its working title Keystone, but now has a wordier, more memorable name.
It also has a distinctly pulpy, 70’s aesthetic that takes its cues from old Sci-Fi, western and Fantasy media and uses “campy, pulpy ideas but treats them with absolute seriousness and respect and sort of appreciation.” I love how it looks, though I’m less sold on the game itself.
Speaking in an announcement video, The Amazing Eternals lead designer Allen Goode explains how the game is going to work.
“You get to build decks with these cards and then you draw and play them that in the order that you choose throughout the match,” Goode says. “From weapons to power ups to traps and turrets, the decks you build with influence and reflect your own gameplay style.”
It’ll open up some interesting strategies. The idea behind is that you and your friends are playing a Jumanji-styled board game with cards, that throws you right in to its world. It’s an interesting idea, but the deluge of games in both genres may limit its appeal.
“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 give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates’ decks.
Following a fruitful, feedback-filled Closed Alpha test over the summer, The Amazing Eternals is now ready for a larger-bodied stress test moving into the Closed Beta phase. Closed Beta keys will be distributed through various key websites over the course of weeks starting Friday, September 1. However, for those interested in instant access to the Closed Beta, The Amazing Eternals Founders Program will offer new and existing players an opportunity to support the continued development and growth of the game starting August 29. Along with instant access, exclusive gear and items offered only in the Founders Program will be included in a range of Founders packs with full details to be revealed on launch day.”
You can sign up for a chance to hit its August 29 beta here.
Last Updated: August 17, 2017
August 17, 2017 at 10:09
DE has been known to throw balance to the wind with each major update. If this game is dominated by meta then it will never make it.
August 17, 2017 at 10:15
Paladins, Lawbreakers, Overwatch… maybe there is space for one more hero shooter…
Combine my two fav genres card games and hero shooters, I’ll give it a go.
August 17, 2017 at 10:23
You had me at Warframe
August 17, 2017 at 10:53
Combining the two genres that I can’t be bothered with together! Whats next? A Racing car 2d platformer?
Dr Bro Hammer
August 17, 2017 at 10:58
So it’s like Paladins meet Paragons, with a touch of Battleborn and Overwatch squeezed into a bowl of MOBA?