TimeGate, the studio Gearbox tapped to complete the neglected Aliens: Colonial Marines, turns its attention from making the majority of another company's game to making a Minimum of its own. Damn this looks lovely.

Not that shooters have ever been about looks for me. There's a sweet spot between Unreal and Call of Duty that's the perfect blend of speed and responsiveness that just can't be achieved if you're focusing too much on achieving photorealism. TimeGate came close to hitting it with Section 8: Prejudice. If this gorgeous minimalist project can nail it, I might never need another shooter.

Minimum is a passion project that the entire studio really rallied behind and fell in love with, ” said Brett Norton, Vice President of TimeGate Studios via official announcement. “ We look at Minimum not just as a breathtaking new game, but also as a platform with unlimited potential for future ideas – both ours and from the community. “

The free-to-play shooter will be available to play on Steam’s Early Access channel on April 16.