Gearbox Software has hit a home run with the Borderlands series over the years. Continually supporting the franchise with DLC and the Shift Codes, Gearbox offers fans a lot of playing time to the already deep games. Now, opting to not offer a next generation version of the series (just yet), Gearbox is releasing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will take place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, however this will take place on the moon. The Pre-Sequel will offer many different gameplay elements thanks to the setting being on the moon. This author was able to experience all of this first hand at E3 2014.
Judging by the trailer at E3, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will carry over the humor that has helped diversify itself in the gaming world. The story will not only focus on Handsome Jack’s rise to power in Borderlands, but also his development as a character. The game, itself, will again feature four different character classes. One of these will be a melee-focused character with Athena. Stemming from the Borderlands DLC campaign The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, Athena has the ability to absorb attacks with a shield that eventually can be thrown at enemies. Even elemental damage can be reflected, as well. There will also be an engineer, Wilhelm, Lynchwood Sheriff Nisha, and finally Claptrap. Arguably the most recognizable character in the series, the last remaining robot of its kind can be used in The Pre-Sequel.
Using the moon as the setting for The Pre-Sequel will offer new gameplay mechanics to the franchise. It will also tie together why the moon is the way it is in Borderlands 2. The most obvious thing will be the lack of gravity. Players can now thrust into the air and crash down on enemies. Lasers and cryogenic freezing is the name of the game when it comes to The Pre-Sequel. Freezing enemies will allow them to be shattered via melee attacks or air smashes. And lasers are just that, they’re lasers. Will they look cool? Most likely. I mean, they’re lasers.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will release on October 14th. Fans of the original games should expect the same fun from the first two titles, especially with the change of environment and the new gameplay mechanics. The game will run on the same engine, as this was the main decision to not go next-gen. Hopefully 2K and Gearbox will support this title with the same amount of DLC as the past to keep its longevity going. Stay tuned for more information on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.