Gearbox is trying it’s hand at what can best be described as an FPS/MOBA. There’s 25 heroes, an arena mode with 5 vs 5 combat, a story mode that can be played in 5 player co-op or single player and finally splitscreen*. Yes splitscreen comes with an asterix, the press release mentions that splitscreen is 2 player but you can connect to other splitscreen or solo players to create a 5 man party. If I was a betting man I would say this is for consoles and not for PC players but I hold out hope that maybe Gearbox would see fit to add splitscreen to Battleborn’s PC release with the rise of Steamboxes and other living room friendly PC’s.
Prior to release there will be some kind of beta event that should allow you to get a feel for the game and decide if this FPS/MOBA tango if right for you. I like how beta has become the new demo but I’ll take a way to test drive a game anyway I can get it before I drop my hard earned money on it. In addition to the trailer up above Gearbox has released info on four new previously unannounced heroes for Battleborn. There’s Ambra a melee healer, Mellka an assassin with nerve gas, Reyna a space pirate support class and Benedict the birdman with the rocket launcher who likes to rocket jump and can also fly. Gearbox does have some still competition in the FPS/MOBA space since Blizzard is also releasing their entry into the genre with Overwatch. It will be interesting to see the differences each company has taken with the games coming out so close to each other. Battleborn is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One February 9th 2016.
2K and Gearbox Announce BattlebornTM Coming February 9, 2016
New trailer reveals hero-shooter’s four new playable characters at Gamescom
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NEW YORK-Aug. 6, 2015- 2K and Gearbox Software today announced that Battleborn™, the new first-person shooter from the creators of Borderlands, will be available worldwide on February 9, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC. An open beta will be held prior to the release of the game and more details about the public test will be shared later this year. Additionally, today the companies revealed four new playable heroes at Gamescom, including Ambra, Mellka, Reyna, and Benedict.
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Set in the distant future, Battleborn is a first-person shooter featuring 25 unique playable heroes who form an unlikely alliance to save the last star in the universe from a mysterious enemy hell-bent on its destruction. Battleborn’s narrative-driven story mode can be played alone or co-operatively by up to five friends splitscreen* and online. The game’s three different competitive multiplayer modes can be played by up to 10 players online in action-packed 5v5 matches. Regardless of the mode being played, players will experience deep and customizable character growth for all 25 playable heroes.
The four new playable heroes revealed today include:
- Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambrawas 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.
For in-depth information on each of the new playable heroes, including their complete backstories and full list of abilities, visit the official Battleborn blog. Battleborn is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on Battleborn, follow the game on Twitter and Twitch, become a fan on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube and visit http://www. Battleborn.com.
*Battleborn supports 2-player splitscreen and can connect with other splitscreen or solo players online to create a full 5-player party
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Battleborn is the next big new IP from the award-winning creators of the popular Borderlands franchise, which has sold-in 25 million units worldwide to date. Set in a distant future, Battleborn is a first-person-shooter featuring a group of heroes who form an unlikely alliance to save the last star in the universe from a mysterious enemy hell-bent on its destruction. Every hero has their own distinct personality and comes equipped with their own unique weapons and powers. Through Battleborn’s Helix System, players will fully experience each hero’s leveling progression in a single story mission or competitive multiplayer match.
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