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Borderlands Dev's New Xbox One, PS4, PC Shooter Battleborn Gets Release Date

Plus, Gearbox announces an open beta for the exciting-looking first-person shooter and reveals four new characters.


2K Games and Gearbox Software on Thursday announced a release date for the Borderlands developer's brand-new first-person shooter Battleborn. The MOBA-like game will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 9, 2016.

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The companies also confirmed that an open beta for the shooter will be held prior to launch, with more details about this pre-release play period to be announced later.

Gearbox also announced fur new characters for Battleborn today: Ambra, Melka, Reyna, and Benedict. Take a look below the video here to see official, Gearbox-written descriptions for each character.

Battleborn is set in the "distant future" and has 25 total playable heroes. The game's story mode can be played totally alone, and also supports split-screen and online co-op. It also has a competitive multiplayer mode where teams of five can go head-to-head. The experience and items you earn in gameplay carry with you, regardless of which mode you're playing.

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New Battleborn Characters:

  • Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambra was betrayed by her leader and her faction, the Jennerit Empire, and now fights alongside the Battleborn. She is a specialist hero, dealing damage up close through her melee attacks and powerful abilities, while healing her allies in the process.
  • Mellka: A stealthy assassin, Mellka lost her parents at a young age before eventually earning her place among the Eldrid's black op's and intelligence bureau. Her life has been defined by a series of staggering losses, but her response to these losses was never despair--it was fury. She strikes quickly, disorienting foes with her nerve gas machine pistol and bio-glaive melee attacks.
  • Reyna: Known by her followers as "The Valkyrie," Reyna was born aboard the Rogue faction's ailing junk heap of a flagship and is a native to the last star system. Reyna has fought tirelessly for the freedom of her space pirate comrades, finding her calling as their inspirational leader. She dishes damage with her laser pistol and uses her command glove to support her teammates.
  • Benedict: August Benedict Jr. is one of several surviving races of bird-like "Aviant" refugees. He swore allegiance to the Peacekeepers where he's gained considerable notoriety for being a self-centered jerk that's capable of astounding destruction with his rocket launcher. Double jumping, rocket jumping, and flying--Benedict's good at all of them and he lets his teammates know it.

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