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'Battleborn' is 'Borderlands' developer new genre melding franchise

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Gearbox Software is taking a break from the “Borderlands” franchise and introducing what’s being described as a “new full-featured triple-A hero-shooter experience for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, ”Battleborn.” 2K Games officially announced the game Tuesday and it grabbed the August cover of Game Informer magazine.

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Like “Borderlands,” “Battleborn” is Gearbox’s latest attempt to fuse multiple game genres and put its own unique spin on it. The game is set in a distant future where the “only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors who must put aside their differences to drive back an unstoppable menace. Players choose from a myriad of powerful heroes and fight together alongside their friends in a narrative-driven co-operative campaign, or battle against them in fast-paced competitive multiplayer matches.”

“If ‘Borderlands 2’ is a shooter-looter, ‘Battleborn’ is a hero-shooter,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, co-operative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, ‘Battleborn; is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created.”

“’Battleborn’ represents the combined might of the development and publishing teams behind the success of ‘Borderlands 2,’ which to date has sold-in more than 9-million units worldwide and has become 2K’s highest-selling game of all time,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “The size, scope, and ambition of ‘Battleborn’ are unlike any other title in 2K’s history, and the result is a defining next-gen co-operative experience.”

There’s no release date for “Battleborn” yet but it looks like it is at least a year or more out. 2K Games says it should be by the end of its 2016 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2016.

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