Ask any of my friends what my favourite shooter is and they’ll tell you it’s the Borderlands series. The combination of witty one-liners, imaginative worlds, hilarious and sometimes dastardly villians, a cartoony aesthetic and an open world is pretty addictive and I’ve put more hours into both Borderlands games and their respective content packs than I have in Gran Turismo 5 and 6 combined. Gearbox has now announced another chapter in the Borderlands universe and this time it puts you on Pandora’s moon, Elpis.
And you can also play as Claptrap. With guns. And there are possibly no stairs. If there are stairs I’d like to see Gearbox talk their way out of that plot-related conundrum should they elect to make Claptrap able to climb stairs.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is being co-developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia and transports players to the events that precede the beginning of Borderlands 2 but overlap Borderlands 1. Below is part of Gearbox’s press release announcing the game and if you’ll excuse me, I’ll let you read this while I go dance with delight.
“Set between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, you’ll play as four all-new character classes fighting alongside Handsome Jack, witnessing his transformation into the ruthless tyrant you loved to hate in Borderlands 2, and assisting with the rise of the Hyperion Corporation. The signature shoot ‘n’ loot gameplay of the Borderlands series expands with the addition of low-gravity and oxygen-powered jetpack combat, the icy ‘Cryo’ elemental damage type, the deadly laser weapon class, and new vehicles to help you explore the diverse lunar landscape.”
“The four new playable character classes are all familiar faces from the Borderlands universe: Athena the Gladiator (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx), Wilhelm the Enforcer(the robotic badass of Borderlands 2), Nisha the Lawbringer (The Sheriff of Lynchwood in Borderlands 2), and yes, even Claptrap the Fragtrap(from just about everywhere… unfortunately).”
“Pandora’s moon is called Elpis, and it’s inhabited by a whole bunch of new baddies – Scavengers, Lunatics, giant bandits in ’70s-era NASA spacesuits – you know, the type you’d enjoy blasting off the surface of the moon. And that’s just it, because you’re off of Pandora, gravity is different and so is the atmosphere.”
“Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has an all-new oxygen system that not only allows you to breathe in the moon’s zero-atmosphere environments, it gives you an oxygen-powered jetpack that enables you to perform insanely long moon jumps, or even double jumps. Combining your double jump with the crouch button performs a ground-pounding slam that deals area of effect damage, and can also deal crazy elemental damage.”
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will launch for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Q4 2014, just in time for the holiday season. Sqeeeeeeee!