So here’s the deal kiddos: I’m about to start diving into spoiler territory. I’m using this intro paragraph however, to warn your asses of what I’m about to do, because that’s what heroes do. So, if you’re still planning on playing either Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or the Telltale Games developed Tales From The Borderlands, I’d recommend not reading any further. You got that? Great!
So let’s talk Handsome Jack. He’s pretty much the face of the Borderlands franchise, despite the fact that he’s more wicked than sin. And quite dead. Being shot in the guts, appendages and face will do that to a person. But plot twist! Jack ain’t dead yet baby! Or at least, his personality isn’t, as he reappears as an artificial intelligence in Tales From The Borderlands. And this was the plan all along, as Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch clarified a while back to Destructoid that “Handsome Jack is dead and he’s not coming back, but there are contingencies.”
Which makes me quite happy. In the more visceral Pre-Sequel game, you’ll be tackling a bonus mission that sheds a holographic light on Dr Nakayama’s attempts to make Jack immortal. Idol worship will give you all kinds of crazy ideas. That mission releases on December 16, although it’s unclear if its part of the $10 DLC part deux, or the free Ultimate Vault Hunter pack.
There are few video game villains who have managed to make an impact like Handsome Jack. I dug how the Pre-Sequel gave him the backstory he deserved, and showed how he became the tyrant of Borderlands 2. Hell, I’m even more sympathetic than usual towards the handsome bastard, after seeing just how he got a face-lift of note thanks to the machinations of the vault hunters and especially Lillith.
And I’d be super-sad if he wasn’t around for the long run in the Borderlands universe.
Last Updated: December 10, 2014