This week in games: Valve reveals a Dota card game, Overwatch adds deathmatch

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It’s only the second week of August and already we’re in the thick of the fall release cycle—LawBreakersHellbladeRez, Telltale’s Batman, and a bunch of other games launched this week. Too many games for any one person.

Wait, did I say Rez? Indeed I did. That news, plus Valve’s (sigh) collectible card game, Gearbox’s new project, a glimpse of Overwatch’s new deathmatch modes, Tempest 4000, and more. This is gaming news for August 7 through 11.

Not dead yet

For Honor seems to have caught Battleborn disease—by which I mean “Hemorrhaging players much faster than you thought.” Maybe it’s the fault of balance issues, maybe the finally-being-fixed reliance on P2P connections, maybe just the game getting stale. Hard to tell.

Ubisoft would much rather For Honor go the way of Rainbow Six Siege than Battleborn though, rebounding in its second year and maybe making a name for itself. To that end? It’s free this weekend, if you’d like to give it a shot and (Ubisoft crosses its fingers) buy a copy at a discount rate.

Also, the Highlander is coming soon.


(Battle)born again

Speaking of Battleborn, Gearbox has announced its follow-up to the much-maligned shooter. Surprise! It’s another shooter, and also not the Borderlands 3 everyone’s expecting. Instead, it’s “Project 1v1,” which I have to assume is a working title. Here’s the elevator pitch:

Project 1v1 is the code name for Gearbox’s 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.”

Details are scant at the moment, though it’s more than a little funny to call something “top secret” on the website where you announce it exists.

Half-Life 3 Sigh

The good news: Valve announced a new game this week. The bad news: It’s a collectible card game named Artifact. Yes, the studio that once brought you innovative games like Portal and Half-Life 2 is now seemingly the most boring trend-chaser around.

Anyway, there’s a very barebones teaser for this Dota 2-themed CCG below, which is due to arrive in 2018. Personally I enjoy this Twitter post more though, where you can hear disappointment ripple through the audience as “Card Game” flashes on-screen.