Fans were first introduced to Wilhelm as an enemy boss character within Borderlands 2. However, gamers will be given the opportunity to play as Handsome Jack’s cybernetic enforcer since he will be one the four playable characters in the year’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Giving fans a deeper look into Wilhelm’s capabilities, Game Informer previewed the character’s skill trees on July 24.
When players faced off against Wilhelm in Borderlands 2, they fought an adversary who had become more machine than man. Since Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place prior to the events of the second Borderlands title, the Wilhelm of The Pre-Sequel will start out in a decidedly more human form. However, even under player control, Wilhelm will still have access to his twin drones as his action skill allows him to deploy Saint and Wolf.
However, one of Wilhelm’s three upgradable skill trees will allow gamers to slowly replace the character’s natural parts with robotic upgrades. As players level they will literally be able to slowly turn Wilhelm into a machine by allocating points into his “Cyborg Commando” tree. This ability tree includes skills that will physically give Wilhelm new cybernetic limbs such as a new hand that improves his melee capabilities and robotic legs that gives him the ability to shoot while sprinting.
For those more interested in providing support to their team, the “Dreadnaught” tree may be a better choice. This skill tree gives his Saint drove the ability to boost shields and create healing fields. Additionally, spending points in “Dreadnaught” will give the entire party increased movement speed, rate of fire, and reload times as well as bestow ammo regeneration to the entire team.
Wilhelm’s third tree is designed for players that wish to simply deal more damage. In addition to increasing Wilhelm’s own weapon damage, the “Hunter-Killer” tree also buffs Wolf. Skills in this final tree will allow the attack drone to bomb enemies and fire missiles. Additionally, fans can also take the ability to make Wolf focus fire on a specific enemy by using the action skill while the drone is already deployed.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launches only on the Xbox 360 Playstation 3, and PC on Oct 14 from developer 2K Australia. Wilhelm will be one of four playable characters available within the game.