Borderlands Dev Reveals "Battleborn," A First-Person Battle Arena Game for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Gearbox Software's upcoming shooter described as the "most ambitious" title the studio has ever created.

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Borderlands developer Gearbox Software today announced its next project, a "first-person battle arena" game called Battleborn. The game, a brand new IP, is in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It will be published by 2K Games, the same company that publishes the Borderlands franchise. Gearbox Software made the announcement today through popular video game magazine Game Informer, which is owned by GameStop.

According to a subsequent press released issued today by 2K Games, Battleborn--which is set in the distant future--is an "ambitious fusion of genres" that combines stylized visuals with first-person shooting. There is an "expansive collection of diverse heroes" to play across the game's co-op campaign and competitive multiplayer modes.

"If Borderlands 2 is a shooter-looter, Battleborn is a hero-shooter," Gearbox president Randy Pitchford said in a statement. "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."

"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," 2K Games president Christoph Hartmann said.

Battleborn will launch during 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive's fiscal year 2016 ending March 31, 2016. In addition to Battleborn, Gearbox Software is assisting 2K Australia with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and is working on a new IP that originally began its life as Brothers in Arms: Furious 4.

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Discussion

89 comments
razor_rj
razor_rj

LOL what is saber from that anime fate/stay night doing here ?

amac_
amac_

Anticlimactic

Veenox
Veenox

Please, dear lord of gaming, make it stop... let that "genre" die...

blackothh
blackothh

Co-op has me interested but MOBA does not........

Slagar
Slagar

The female looks like a female Link with the Fierce Deity Mask from Majora's Mask >.>

Not saying that's a bad thing - who doesn't want to see more sweet-looking medieval-techno-space-elves?

jeremybristol
jeremybristol

I thought MOBAs were essentially RPG's attempts to combine stat building/looting with the FPS's small competitive multiplayer arenas.  Isn't acompetitive multiplayer FPS battle arena with cartoony characters just...Team Fortress?


Oh well.  At least it looks like it isn't simply a shooter, considering the weapon types.  But I don't see how swordfighters are going to hold their own against the archers. 

Stogin
Stogin

Looks cool, I'm always down for more co-op games!

ringringabel
ringringabel

once i see the gameplay of slicin foolz w/ those dual red swords, i'll likely be sold. borderlands was my sheeeeeet

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

A lot of potential, can't wait to see some gameplay. And I don't even like MOBAs.

CruorComa
CruorComa

MOBA meets FPS? Hmm, great idea though I'm interested to learn how Gearbox will handle uniting the two genres. If standard MOBA's are any indication, each game will be an hour long with a rather dedicated community that looks incredibly harshly upon leaving mid-game as said player can't be replaced. Whilst if standard FPS's are any indication, each game will be 10-15 minutes long with a more casual community that see's dropping out mid game no big deal because they can easily be replaced. I wonder which side of the fence GB will lean more on, or if they find some alternative middle ground.

nayce54
nayce54

first-person view --NO!!!!!

deadpen
deadpen

Battleborn....Can you give a Five Finger Death Punch in this?

RevLux
RevLux

I really like the C-3PO "butler bot" droid!

fightclubdoll
fightclubdoll

I'd prefer another RPG-FPS, but I'm excited about this game and eager to try it. The cooperative aspect sounds good and Gearbox excels in creating interesting, powerful and memorable characters that feel great to play. 


I must know more about these characters ASAP.  =-) 



PS2fweak
PS2fweak

Confused, but I want to see more. 

crix01
crix01

Another FPS..........................................

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

I'll check out how the co-op stuff is. I don't care much for competitive multiplayer.

rarerichz
rarerichz

wow i like this game already

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Please don't screw this up Gearbox...

You've derailed two different franchises. Don't screw up an original one.

lorider25
lorider25

lost me on "arena combat"


Open World or GTFO

Ailurusf
Ailurusf

Looks pretty. I like the art style. 

Deano
Deano

what a horrible song, so hipster/newage or whatever you want to class it as, zero interest in the game from that alone

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

Everybody wants to be league of legends or Dota....

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

Damn those Greymanes to oblivion. They got what's coming to them if you ask me .

shinjuki
shinjuki

Looks pretty cool! Digging the subtle effect animations the most from this trailer.

levizawa
levizawa

Although I can't judge a game by a CGI trailer. I've got to say I felt sorry for all those minions they don't look threatening at all.

In fact I'm quite sure that all minions in all MOBA's must be descended from Lemmings as they seem to act in a similar way.


Maybe some kind soul in the future will make a MOBA like game called "League of the many" a  MOBA game that lets you control minions in a pikmin like way where you use various minions to kill self entitled, egocentric champions.


Until then I guess they'll continue to serve as cannon fodder. 



Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I like the art and musical direction. But if that is all it is then meh.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Damn does that look generic as hell, and with the bland mmmmmoooooo art direction I fail to see how this can be that ambitious.

Another next gen meh....... :-(

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

pass and i would rather be play PSO2. ha ha ha!

hitomo
hitomo

gearbox has a history of only terrible games since the first brothers in arms

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

I'll be honest, I have a sort of Love/Hate feeling towards Gearbox. On the one hand, I'm a huge borderlands fan and I like how well they interact with their community. Yet on the other hand, Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines. 'Nuff said. Well, that and Randy Pitchford has the tendency to exaggerate whenever he speaks.

I do have some faith in them though; DNF and A:CM both had issues surrounding them, the prior being it's development hell cycle and the latter being outsourced/co-developed on, but I know Gearbox have what it takes to make a good game.

That being said, I'm really not sure how this game will be. It looks to be one of those hit or miss games, I will keep my eye on it, but for the moment it reminds me a lot of Sanctum in a way, which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

hastati4
hastati4

Because the world really needed another cartoony MOBA. I really don't care if it's an FPS. It looks generic as hell.

Why people continue to try cramming into the already crowded MOBA space I don't know.

Poodger
Poodger

@jeremybristol TF2 is nothing like a MOBA. You usually acquire money during a match that you use to upgrade your character.

sanchango
sanchango

@lorider25 arena>open world
for combat purposes anyways
if this was an adventure game(well it would be weird to have an arena in the first place aside from a side battle) then open world all the way

AtomicSpoon
AtomicSpoon

@Deano zero interest in the game from a song alone... the album was released 3 years ago, so newage. If you watched a music video and didn't like the song, then i could understand this comment. Maybe look at the art direction or possible gameplay rather than a group of marketers picking a song.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@Deano That's your problem. Stop trying to class it as something. It's just music. 

Mindwipe77
Mindwipe77

@SoulScribe having never played those games, i would like to try them and glad it's coming to consoles

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@hitomo  Brothers In Arms were great games