Is the world ready for Borderlands 3? Probably not. But is it ready for an interquel, dubbed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? The answer to that, is a definitive maybe. The curtain was finally pulled open yesterday on the new game that is being developed by 2K Australia. Here’s what you can expect to find in the missing chapter of Borderlands.
You’ve got four new characters and classes to play with in the pre-sequel. Athena the Gladiator, who has unique shield abilities that can absorb and redirect damage with Kinetic Aspis, Wilhelm the Enforcer whose upgrades slowly construct a robotic shell around him, Nisha the Lawbringer who eventually pops up as the sheriff of Lynchwood and Claptrap the Fragtrap.
Yep, that’s right, you can finally play as the loveable Borderlands mascot. Borderlands 2 protagonist Handsome Jack will also be present, but in a different role that sets up his eventual rise to power in the Hyperion corporation. You’ll be on his side during the events if the interquel.
“We have playable characters that start as kind of psychopathic but fun and then end up in places where they were really aggressively wanting to stay with Jack so they could kill more innocent people and get paid for it,” writer Anthony Burch explained to Kotaku.
Confirmed: You’ll be firing guns in lunar space after Borderlands 1, but before Borderlands 2. This is essentially the story of the rise of Handsome Jack.
You’ll be running around the moon of Pandora, in a low-gravity environment that presents new gameplay challenges. For instance, jumps will be higher, while a well-timed explosive attack can actually send enemies into orbit. The big change however, is that you have a new resource that you have to keep an eye on: Your oxygen.
Previews describe the new health bar as a diminishing asset, that will need to be replenished lest you die a horrible death. While the idea of a time-sensitive location within which to shoot up the moon doesn’t sound appealing, Gearbox says that these stages are smaller in design and spaced out during the game.
Oxygen tanks do have some benefits however. They unlock new movesets, which allow you to hover, slide, double-jump and butt-slam your way across the moon. The kit itself can be upgraded, allowing you to deal extra damage out your ass.
Borderlands wouldn’t be complete without guns. Hell, the second amendment is what makes the game so popular in the first place. The pre-sequel will feature plenty of new weapons, including a laser class, and a freezing elemental attack that can slow down enemies. Who you can then shatter-punch.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out in the US of A fall, on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.