Gearbox is testing a 1v1 shooter-meets-card game

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Gearbox is testing a 1v1 shooter-meets-card game

Borderlands and Battleborn developer Gearbox Software is working on a 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 project’s website. Gearbox is calling the in-development game Project 1v1.

Gearbox said on its website that it’s holding a short, closed technical test for Project 1v1. Players who are interested in taking part can sign up for the beta on Gearbox’s Shift website. Some players have reported that they’re receiving email invites to the technical test from Gearbox.

Sonic Mania brings back Sonic 2’s competitive multiplayer

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Sonic Mania brings back Sonic 2’s competitive multiplayer

Sonic Mania is bringing back another Sonic the Hedgehog classic: competition mode. Similar to the two-player mode that was introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Mania’s competitive multiplayer mode will let players go head-to-head in local races.

Competition mode in Sonic Mania will see players battling for position, rings and power-ups in classically squashed split-screen multiplayer. Players will be able to select from Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in races, and determine the number of rounds and which power-ups are permitted.

Minecon goes online as ‘Minecon Earth’

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Minecon goes online as ‘Minecon Earth’

After seven years in six different locations, Minecon is being ditched in favor of a 90-minute online show.

The show, called Minecon Earth, is Nov. 18 and will be free for anyone to view. Minecon had staged six expos over the past seven years (2014’s was canceled) in cities from Las Vegas to London.

Overwatch Summer Games 2017 skins are here and they’re great

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Overwatch Summer Games 2017 skins are here and they’re great

Overwatch’s Summer Games 2017 seasonal event is live, bringing with it a fresh batch of new skins for the game’s heroes. This year’s take on Summer Games sends many of our heroes to the beach for some wet and wild fun, though Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about the “games” part of the theme.

Some of those new Summer Games 2017 skins — like beach-going, barbecuing Soldier: 76 up there, with his “A-salt rifle” — are real good. Here are a few of the other highlights:

Samus is getting her own limited edition Nintendo 3DS

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Samus is getting her own limited edition Nintendo 3DS

Intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran is getting her own limited edition hardware next month. Nintendo announced today it will release the Samus Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL on Sept. 15, the same day Metroid: Samus Returns hits stores.

The Samus-inspired New Nintendo 3DS XL will cost $199.99. The package does not include a copy of Metroid: Samus Returns, which sells separately for $39.99.

Spelunky creator’s next project is 50 rad retro games in one

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Spelunky creator’s next project is 50 rad retro games in one

If you’ve noticed indie developers teasing #UFO50 on Twitter lately, but didn’t know what the hell they were talking about, well, consider that mystery solved. UFO 50 is a collection of 50 games from five indie game developers, and it’s coming in 2018.

UFO 50’s batch of games includes side-scrolling shooters, platformers, puzzle games, dungeon crawlers and sports games. The collection will feature both single-player and multiplayer games.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s first DLC, out this winter, may bring Aloy to a deadly supervolcano

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s first DLC, out this winter, may bring Aloy to a deadly supervolcano

Horizon Zero Dawn’s first major expansion, “The Frozen Wilds,” will lead protagonist Aloy northward to beautiful — and violent — territory on Nov. 7.

According to a teaser trailer shown at E3 2017 in June, most who dare to explore the northern regions go to hunt the unique and deadly machines that dwell there. Aloy, however, seeks “answers” and intends to reach an unstable mountain guarded by a terrifying monster.