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Do You Like Borderlands? 2K Australia May Be About to Fly You to the Moon

Posted by Sammy Barker

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One of the big surprises from this year’s PAX East may have been unveiled early, as a new Borderlands title could be about to loot your wallet later this year. Dubbed a “pre-sequel”, the unannounced adventure is rumoured to take place between the first and second entries in Gearbox’s first-person franchise, and is supposedly in production at 2K Australia. Bizarrely, it will not deploy on the PlayStation 4, but will stick with current-gen systems instead.

GamePointsNow managed to secure the scoop, claiming that the title will take place on Pandora’s moon Elpis, and will feature four new character classes: Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, Nisha the Lawbringer, and Fragtrap – a militarised Claptrap. Some of these names may be familiar to you, as they have appeared in Borderlands titles before. In particular, Athena starred in the General Knoxx expansion, while Wilhelm was a boss in the second game.

The former will focus on melee attacks, while the latter will make use of a shoulder-mounted cannon and drones. In addition to this, there’ll be some new weapon types for you to take advantage of, including lasers and cryo armaments, which will allow you to freeze your foes. Apparently, the low gravity setting will play a part in the action as well, as you’ll be able to toss enemies into orbit with a well-timed explosion, and there’ll be jet-packs to help you to get around.

You’ll also apparently need to stock up on oxygen by collecting kits around the world, adding an extra layer to the combat. Go into battle with too little air, and you’ll find yourself tapping the restart button faster than you can say ‘Handsome Jack’. However, this mechanic will also carry an advantage, as you’ll be able to shoot out the helmets of foes to deprive them of O2 and swiftly turn the tables in battle.

Unsurprisingly, publisher 2K Games has refused to comment on the rumour, but it all sounds far too specific to be untrue. Moreover, the site sharing the speculation has accurately leaked the European PlayStation Plus lineup three months in a row now, so we tend to trust the source. As already alluded, we suspect that this will be officially announced at PAX East later this week. Are you ready for more loot-‘n’-shoot action? Gun us down in the comments section below.


User Comments (18)



get2sammyb said:

They'll regret not putting this on the PS4 if this turns out to be true. By all means put it on both, but software sales show people are abandoning current-gen now. The World Cup game only being on PS3 is dumb, too.



Epic said:

I could really get some Borderlands loot action, but I swear that this time I'm going to wait for the GOTY edition xD
Last time I jumped in 2 months before the proper announcement of it xD



get2sammyb said:

@Big-Boss Weird, right? According to the original source, this takes place between Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2 - so it sits between the two. There's no mention of how it ties into the inevitable next-gen game which is Gearbox is clearly working on.

If this is true, it seems like a Batman: Arkham Origins-esque stopgap to me.



rastamadeus said:

It's the Borderlands 2 moon base DLC stretched out into a whole game but with new characters. I imagine it won't be as massive as the two games but also substantially bigger than any of the DLC packs and use the Borderlands 2 engine, hence the wider release and would also explain why it's coming to last generation consoles. Gearbox have said themselves there will be a Borderlands 3 but they haven't even begun actual development on it yet, just planning.



hYdeks said:

I think they shouldnt bother with this unless they are willing to put it on PS4, and X1, putting it on last gen consoles seems very stupid, especially since people are going to the next gen consoles awefully fast.
Personally, Im pretty sick of Borderlands now, but if I did see a great next gen game, I would consider buying it, as for this though, no thanks.



Punished_Boss_84 said:

@DHW I understand that, but why call it Borderlands: Pre-Sequel! on last gen platforms if there wasn't a next gen Borderlands: The Sequel!

The naming is odd and theres a story to it.



Chronobreak said:

Well now we have this and Tales from the Borderlands coming this year I hope there's a video of the Pre Sequel at E3 2014 and that means E3 2015 well have a trailer of Borderlands 3.



Midzark said:

Wasted if not out on PS4!! Just watch Rockstar at E3.... Saying GTA V will be coming to PS4!! Then watch the ratings of that game fly through the roof!! Then they will be wishing they had!!



Lionhart said:

People need to stop with the PS4/XboxOne switchover hogwash. I know plenty of people who haven't switched over to the next gen systems yet. We're still having fun on the PS3 in our household and I know that I won't be buying the PS4 at least until either the summer or Black Friday.



rastamadeus said:

@Lionhart True. I know no-one personally who has a PS4/Xbox One as they're all still on PS3/360 and in my friends list less than 10% of them own a PS4.



XavandSo said:

I don't buy it. Our [Australia's] completely non-secretive, trustworthy government has been on a crusade saying that it's impossible to manufacture and create things in our country! Maybe this Borderlands not-sequel-prequel sends you to the moon to obliterate the Carbon and Mining Taxes.



rastamadeus said:

@XavandSo Hahaha. I imagine the game is more or less complete and it's just 2K Australia doing the easy work of replacing Gaige, Axon, etc with the newer characters, doing voice work and adding a few tiny bits. Everything about this screams of the Moon Base DLC just expanded.



odd69 said:

yea not putting this is ps3 is stupid. bad move. this is coming from a borderlands freak

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