Today 2K and Gearbox have announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a brand new Borderlands game that is coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this autumn. The title is being “co-developed” by franchise creators Gearbox Software along with 2K Australia who appear to be doing the bulk of the work.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of Pandora between the events of Borderlands 1 and 2. This allows for low gravity fights and zero-atmosphere environments. A new Cryo weapon set allows players to freeze enemies and then blast them into tiny pieces. Along with new weapons there is 4 new character classes to try out and lasers to kill the new enemies.
Interestingly the story sees you fighting for Handsome Jack, the main bad guy in Borderlands 2. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will supposedly tell the story of how he transformed into one of the best and strangely loved villains in recent years.
Gearbox mouthpiece Randy Pitchford (I always want to call him Randy Pitchfork!) had this to say about the game.
“Since Gearbox Software first created the Borderlands franchise, we never dreamed of this much love and support from gamers,”
“We are grateful that the incredible talent at 2K Australia has been able to jump in with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to help it live up to the high standards that Borderlands fans have come to expect.”
Tony Lawrence, general manager of 2K Australia, then added this just for good measure.
“Gearbox has entrusted 2K Australia with the co-development of their award-winning franchise and we are committed to delivering an all-new shoot ‘n’ loot experience that fans will love,”
“Fans will see for themselves at PAX East that there’s nothing quite like moon jumping in a low-gravity gunfight, completely freezing a moon bandit with one of the new Cryo weapons, and then shattering him into little pieces that float off into space. It’s pretty epic.”
So what do you think about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Will you pick it up? Should it come to next gen? Should Randy Pitchford legally change his name to Randy Pitchfork? Let us know in the comments below.