Battleborn info blowout, with a brand new trailer

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Battleborn is the newest game from 2K’s stable, and is borne – I guess – out of the publisher’s relationship with Gearbox. Gearbox is a studio with as many hits as it has misses, with Borderlands being their biggest – and most deserved – hit. Set in a distant future, this new First person shooter takes a few pages out of the MOBA guide book. There’s a brand new trailer for the game, showing some of its many, many characters.

Take a look:

Cool music. The game has a full single player and co-operative campaign, along with competitive multiplayer. And…I’m just not feeling it. It looks alright. The art is nice, and I’m sure the shooting mechanics are superlative – but the game’s just not getting me hot in my bathing suit area. Of course, these aren’t really my sorts of games, so I’m probably the wrong sort to judge. It does, however, remind me a heck of a lot of Blizzard’s Overwatch.

What do YOU think?

Oh, and here’s the official press-releasey thing for the game:

Battleborn is set in a distant future, where nearly every star in the universe has gone dark at the hands of a mysterious enemy. Solus, the last star, is the only beacon of hope for the universe’s surviving population. The fading of stars has led to a great war among those desperate for the last remaining resources. Heroes, called Battleborn, fight for the dominance of their unique factions as all life in the universe teeters on the brink of extinction. Now, the mysterious enemy is threatening to finish what they’ve started, and only an unlikely alliance between the universe’s most powerful heroes can stop them.

Game modes and features for Battleborn include:

  • Story Mode: Battleborn’s Story Mode is a narrative experience playable in a single-player capacity, as well as cooperatively by up to five friends via splitscreen or online. The Story Mode is modular, allowing players to choose which missions to enjoy next. The modular structure of Story Mode also allows players to replay missions for the chance to earn better loot;
  • 25 Playable Heroes: Battleborn has a deep and diverse roster of 25 playable heroes, each with its own personality and equipped with unique weapons and powers. An accelerated character growth system, known as the Helix System, allows players to level up a character from 1 to 10 in a single story mission or competitive multiplayer match;
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Battleborn’s team-based competitivemultiplayeractioncan be experienced by up to 10 playersonlinein5v5 matches and will include three distinct modes:
    • Incursion: Teams of heroes defend their base from waves of AI-controlled minions while working together, alongside their own minions, to destroy their opponents’ base;
    • Devastation: Teams of heroes face off in a fast-paced death match and must capture and hold objectives on the map to win;
    • Meltdown: Teams of heroes protect their minions as they march to their death at the center of the map. Points are scored for minions who throw themselves into the incinerator, and the team with the most points wins.
  • Persistent Progression System: All experience points, whether earned through playing Battleborn’s Story Mode or Competitive Multiplayer modes, contribute tolevelingupindividual Character Rank, as well as player profile Command Rank:
    • Character Rank: Each hero can permanently rank up from 1 to 10 outside of missions and matches, allowing players to swap out augments in their helix skill tree, as well as unlock skins.
    • Command Rank: Players can rank-up their own player profile, unlocking badges and
      titles to impress friends, and loot that can be used to benefit any hero the player chooses to command.

Last Updated: June 4, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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