Gearbox Reveals Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Wub wub on the moon!
Gearbox has announced a brand new game set in the Borderlands universe which flies you to one of Pandora’s moons and lets you play among the stars. Currently in co-development with 2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be releasing later this year to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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Before we tell you about the game, let’s address why it won’t be coming to next-gen. According to Randy Pitchford, “There are fewer Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s than we sold copies of Borderlands 2,” which I suppose could both be a massive boast and a harrowing commentary on launch periods for consoles. “I don’t think I would have to stretch far to suggest that there’s probably a lot of demand for more Borderlands,” continues Pitchford, “If you imagine where that demand lives, it lives on the Xbox 360, PS3 and on PC. We don’t know to what extent it’ll live on the next-gen. I imagine over time — you know, maybe the time we get to third or fourth Christmas — there will be enough of an install base. I mean currently, between PS3 and Xbox 360, there’s over 150 million installed units worldwide.”
Fair enough, although sometimes you’re a bit of a dick, Pitchford. At least you’re being honest about it this time.
Anyway Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set, as you can imagine, between Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and will feature four new character classes fighting alongside Handsome Jack as they watch him transform into the unscrupulously brilliant villain of Borderlands 2. Alessandro called it.
The ’67 gajillion guns’ will be returning as well as a few new additions including laser rifles, with a new icy elemental type called ‘Cryo’ and naturally, a new vehicle class that we’re totally unofficially already calling the moon buggy. It being the moon, there’s also going to be some low-grav action and at least a partial reliance on oxygen tanks. Oh and jetpacks. Did we mention the jetpacks?
Here are the four characters available for play:
Athena, the Gladiator: Uses her Kinetic Aspis, which is a shield that can absorb incoming damage, then convert it back into energy to use against enemies. Athena made her debut in The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC for the first Borderlands game.
Wilhelm, the Enforcer: Wilhelm was previously seen in Borderlands 2 as one of the first deadly bosses in the game.
Nisha, the Lawbringer: The sheriff of Lynchwood from Borderlands 2, Nisha will be dealing out her own brand of justice, which we’ll discuss further in the coming months.
Claptrap, the Fragtrap: Wait – Claptrap? The goofy robot companion from Borderlands 2, now playable for the first time? Fragtrap is his character class? Well, you can play him too!
There are further reveals of moon environments, enemies, vehicles and more promised in the coming months and we’ll be posting about as much of them as is newsworthy, but in the meantime feel free to check out the video above and
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