Earlier this week Digital Extremes the studio behind Warframe announced a new project called Keystone a retro 70’s style first person shooter/deck building hybrid. Keystone is expected to go into Alpha testing later this week May 26th through the 29th. There is little information about Digital Extremes new baby, but thanks to Reddit user rivertully there are screenshot to glean information from.
The opening Alpha login screen displaying the board game retro 70’s style theme along with the Keystone logo. Players will probably have to sign a NDA to gain access to Alpha and Digital Extremes added a friendly reminder in the form of a Polaroid in the bottom left hand corner. “Welcome to Alpha! Remember, loose lips sink ships.”
Each Keystone player will choose a champion. Champions will be the foundation of your deck, so as suggested above players will choose cards that define their play style while supporting their chosen Champion.
Although you may own many cards your play deck will only contain twelve. Cards will be played in the order you arrange them. Cards will have a draw time, and can be played at anytime once the draw time has expired. Draw times are important, if you pick cards with long draw times you may not be able to play through your entire deck before the match is over. Cards can also be burned for health.
From the above image we know that players will have three cards available. Once a card is played a new card will be selected from your deck. The new card will be available to play once the draw time expires.
Some Champions have special items available to them while others do not, of note a champion named Ray will have a limited number of placeable turrets.
Each Champion has a unique weapon that can be upgraded through cards or acquiring weapon cards. During game play Champions will be able to obtain Power Weapons that can’t be modified by other cards.
Champions will each have two abilities with cool down timers that can strategically affect play style.
The above screen shot shows a capture the point style game. The timer is at 13:40 so fifteen minute matches could be the norm in Keystone.
While the information on this screenshot is almost identical to the one above, the in-game shot is of a outdoor setting. The cards in the bottom left hand corner are different but are to pixellated to tell what they are.
If you see something I missed post it in the comments section below.