Gearbox Software’s newest title, Battleborn, will be available to try for a select few on October 29, thanks to an upcoming closed technical test.
Gearbox plan to use this beta as an opportunity to stress test servers, balance characters, and test the online infrastructure.
However, as this is a closed beta, interested players will have to register for the beta at the official website. Of course, registering does not guarantee admittance, so make sure to register quickly if you wish to try Battleborn out.
Gearbox Software and 2K Games are placing some serious restrictions on what players can say about the beta, and are not allowing participants to live stream, take screenshots, or discuss the technical test online.
Battleborn is set to launch on February 6, 2016, on Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4.
Over the past few years one set have games have had me completely hooked, all the Telltale titles. The Walking Dead was brilliant and The Wolf among us was such fun to play. I’ve always enjoyed games with a great narrative and I love how the story adapted to the decisions you made.
When Telltale announced they were teaming up with Gearbox Studios to create Tales from the Borderlands, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, for me it was almost a perfect combination, the art style and humour of Borderlands mixed in with the Telltale point and click design, but would it work? Let’s find out…
The first episode of Tales is called Zer0 Sum – If you have played Borderlands you’ll immediately feel like you are back playing it as it’s almost exactly the same but you are playing a point and click game. Of course there will be some of you who are unfamiliar with how the Telltale games play, so let me tell you about that.
Players are given dialogue choices during each episode with only a small amount of time to decide which route to take, all your choices change the game slightly, whether it is just a reaction from another person or a longer standing choice that could make a difference further into the game.
I really enjoyed the combat sections within the game, at certain points you’ll have to be even quicker to get through these sections to make sure you hit the right prompts at the right time. There are also some cool sections that I won’t mention that certainly intensify the action and gives you a break from the dialogue for a few minutes.
In Tales you play as two characters, Rhys and Fiona, two characters who couldn’t be any more different. Rhys works for Hyperion desperate to find himself in the upper echelons of the organisation rubbing shoulders with the big bosses. He’s been working alongside his partner in crime Vaughn, a nerdy number cruncher who is happy to help his friend. In true Borderlands fashion, things don’t work out and eventually Rhys ends up on Pandora with Vaughn with a plan to change his fortune. Fiona is a con artist who does whatever it takes to survive alongside her sister Sasha. The orphans were taken under Felix’s a wings, a master con artist who they tried to steal from while they were children. Together they have a plan that without realising will bring the four people together.
I found the rest of the story really interesting and was never quite sure where the story was heading, but it was a fun ride the whole way through. It’s great watching Fiona and Rhys and how their relationship is beginning to develop, with Sasha and Vaughn in the wings they appear to be making an awesome foursome.
The visuals and audio are excellent, the characters looks great and the script was full of borderlands humour. I loved the art style of the Borderlands series and thankfully they have kept everything in place from the original games. It wasn’t without its problems though, quite often the game would lock for 2 and 3 seconds, especially during fight scenes and quite often the first few words of a sentence were repeated like an echo, it can be quite off-putting but when you realise it’s just a problem with the game you get on with regardless.
If you are looking for something different to at you would be mad to pass this up. If you are looking for a more somber story and characters you are better off playing something like the Walking Dead. Borderlands is a bit more brash and the characters are much more lively. I’m really excited about the next four episodes and what happens to the main characters, there were some great twists in the first episode and I’m am sure there are plenty more to come.
We bought our own copy of the game to bring you this review
A multi-platform game named “Borderlands remastered edition” has been spotted over on the Australian classification board – could we be getting a new version of Borderlands?
There’s a current trend of rehashing the more popular titles from the Xbox 360 onto the Xbox One with added HD paint and the inclusion of all previously released DLC. Could this entry be a sign that Borderlands is next and if it is then I hope that the title includes both games plus all the DLC – a real bonus would be to include the recently released Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, now I know I’m dreaming!
Seriously though, how much more can you make the excellent cell-shaded graphics of Borderlands look “HD” or “new-gen”!
This morning ThisisXbox.com received notice that 2K and Gearbox Software (the creators of the award-winning and best-selling Borderlands franchise) have announced Battleborn a brand new, full-featured triple-A hero-shooter experience for Xbox One and other platforms.
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. 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.
said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software.
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. 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.
said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.
So far all we know regarding release that is that it will be during the Take-Twos’ fiscal year ending March 2016. So basically anytime between April 1st 2015 and March 31st 2016.
Enjoy the teaser trailer below and let us know your thoughts.
It’s been a year of shooting-and-looting out in the Borderlands, and there are still vault hunters dropping into Pandora every day! Now with the Game of the Year Edition, new players can grab the base game and tons of add-on content in one package. As a thank you to our fans, Gearbox and 2K created this compilation trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Now grab your guns and get out there — the loot’s not going to collect itself!
The GOTY version of Borderlands 2 comes with the following content
Award Winning Title, Borderlands 2
4 Add-On Content Campaigns: Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
2 New Playable Characters: Gaige, the Mechromancer, and Krieg, the Psycho
First Level Cap Increase
Plus New Battle Arenas, Heads And Skins, Golden Keys And More!
Via their Twitter accounts, both 2K and Gearbox have confirmed the speculation and announced that a GOTY edition of Borderlands 2 is to be released October 8th in US and 11th for Europe and other regions.
President of Gearbox Software, Randy Pitchford, had this to say: “For us and for fans, the love for Borderlands 2 has been nothing short of spectacular, so it’s natural for us here at Gearbox Software to want everyone else to have a chance to experience the best-selling game and its most valuable expansion content, the Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition offers more value than ever before in one package, giving everyone an opportunity to become a legendary Vault Hunter, and join in the award winning mayhem and fun.”
The GOTY Edition will feature all the content from the Borderlands 2 Season Pass. So thats both the Mechromancher and Physco character classes, all 4 Story expansion packs: Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt and the recently released Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep.
It will also come with the bonus content of character heads and skins found in the Collectors Edition of the game and to finish this amazing GOTY Edition, the Premier Club content of the Creature Slaughter Dome, Gearbox Gun Pack,Golden Key and Vault Hunter’s Relic is included.
It works out as £80 in content for the standard game price of £39.99 which is a bargain for everything Borderlands 2.That is some serious content to bundle with the main game itself and all at a much reduced price for the game. 2K and Gearbox did the same for the first Borderlands GOTY Edition and it seems that this is the most complete version of a Borderlands game edition yet.