Borderlands Dev Gearbox Slates New Shooter Battleborn For February 2016


When Borderlands released in 2009, Gearbox wielded two genres together to create an intoxicating and ludicrous open-world shooter. Now, the studio is hoping that lightning strikes twice for Battleborn, a MOBA-esque shooter that has been pegged for a release across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 9, 2016.

During the ongoing Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, Gearbox unveiled the game’s due date, along with a quartet of new characters and a boisterous trailer that we just can’t get enough of. Trumpeting Battleborn’s varied modes, the studio is stressing the fact that players will be able to venture into the game’s lush sci-fi world on their lonesome via the story mode, while multiplayer and split-screen co-op will be available if you so choose – though the latter feature is exclusive to the console versions.

Those new characters in question include Ambra, Melka, Reyna, and Benedic, which bring Battleborn‘s playable roster to 25 colorful personas.

Gearbox will bring Battleborn to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 9, 2016. For now, you can get acquainted with the shooter’s newcomers via the official character descriptions below.

Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambra was betrayed by her leader and her faction, the Jennerit Empire, and now fights alongside the Battleborn. She is a specialist hero, dealing damage up close through her melee attacks and powerful abilities, while healing her allies in the process.

Mellka: A stealthy assassin, Mellka lost her parents at a young age before eventually earning her place among the Eldrid’s black op’s and intelligence bureau. Her life has been defined by a series of staggering losses, but her response to these losses was never despair–it was fury. She strikes quickly, disorienting foes with her nerve gas machine pistol and bio-glaive melee attacks.

Reyna: Known by her followers as “The Valkyrie,” Reyna was born aboard the Rogue faction’s ailing junk heap of a flagship and is a native to the last star system. Reyna has fought tirelessly for the freedom of her space pirate comrades, finding her calling as their inspirational leader. She dishes damage with her laser pistol and uses her command glove to support her teammates.

Benedict: August Benedict Jr. is one of several surviving races of bird-like “Aviant” refugees. He swore allegiance to the Peacekeepers where he’s gained considerable notoriety for being a self-centered jerk that’s capable of astounding destruction with his rocket launcher. Double jumping, rocket jumping, and flying–Benedict’s good at all of them and he lets his teammates know it.

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