2K and Gearbox announce next-gen IP, Battleborn

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, July 13, 2014

Last week 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced a brand new IP called Battleborn. The game is being developed by the team at Gearbox that handled Borderlands 2 and is in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 2K says Battleborn will be a FPS that offers the same type of co-op campaign as Borderlands, but will take players to a futuristic science fiction meets fantasy universe. The teaser trailer already gives the title a very different look from Borderlands and its sequel, but I’m more interested in seeing how the developers will take advantage of the new hardware and make something that takes the ideas from their previous games further. Additional details are available in Game Informer’s August issue and more is expected to be revealed later on. Battleborn isn’t scheduled for release until sometime in early 2016, so it may still be a bit before we see proper gameplay footage.

New York, NY – July 8, 2014 – 2K and Gearbox Software – the creators of the award-winning and best-selling Borderlands franchise – today announced Battleborn™, an all-new full-featured triple-A hero-shooter experience for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC is in development. The first details and full reveal of Battleborn can be read now exclusively in Game Informer magazine’s August issue cover story.

Battleborn is developed by the teams behind the critically acclaimed hybrid role-playing-shooter Borderlands 2, and is an ambitious fusion of genres. The game combines highly-stylized visuals and frenetic first-person shooting, with Gearbox’s industry-leading co-operative combat, and an expansive collection of diverse heroes. Battleborn is set in the distant future of an imaginative science-fantasy universe where players experience both a narrative-driven co-operative campaign, as well as competitive multiplayer matches.

“If Borderlands 2 is a shooter-looter, Battleborn is a hero-shooter,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “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.”

“Battleborn represents the combined might of the development and publishing teams behind the success of Borderlands 2, which to date has sold-in more than 9-million units worldwide and has become 2K’s highest-selling game of all time,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “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.”

To learn more about Battleborn, read the latest issue of Game Informer magazine or visit www.gameinformer.com/battleborn throughout the month of July for an exclusive look at the game. A teaser trailer for the game can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3pgQc17JB0.

Battleborn is available for pre-order and will release during Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.’s fiscal year 2016 ending March 31, 2016, for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system and PC. For a list of retailers that are taking pre-orders, please visit www.battleborn.com. Battleborn is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on Battleborn, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube, and visit www.battleborn.com.

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