Everything you need to know about Battleborn.
PC, Xbox One, PS4
Genre:First Person Shooter
Battleborn is an upcoming hybrid cooperative first person shooter multiplayer online battle arena that is being marketed as a “Hero Shooter”. The title is currently in development by the Texas based industry powerhouse, Gearbox Software. Gearbox are previously responsible for such smash hit games as Borderlands 1 & 2 as well as the Brothers in Arm’s series.
At the minute, we only know that the game is coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But we don’t yet know if this game is going to be an 8th generation console and PC exclusive title, given Gearbox Software’s dedication to keep supporting the 7th gen hardware.
Pre-alpha gameplay footage of the game has been revealed to the public showing the gamers various character classes in combat with hordes of enemies that swarm forward, much in the same way they would in a MOBA title. The difference being that the perspective is that of a first person shooter with players tackling the enemies head on.
When the pre-alpha footage was shown, it was received with a muted interest with people saying it was “just Borderlands” with a different goal. This is, however, not an unfair observation given that the art style, weapon design and enemy designs are all very similar to that found in Gearbox’s smash hit franchise. Though it is worth noting that because of the pre-alpha footage being based on an early build, the game may well change considerably further into its development. But on the other hand it could stay the exact same, at this point only time will tell.
Despite the fact that thus far the game has only been said to be appearing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Gearbox have, in the past, said that they will continue to support the 7th generation consoles due to the lack of an established 8th generation install base. With that now no longer being a concern it’s entirely possible that this game will remain exclusive to the 8th generation consoles, but having a 7th generation build would still turn a profit. Once again, at this time there’s no real solid platform releases.
Gearbox Software’s past titles like Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines are obvious influences for Battleborn with the game being set in a futuristic setting that is very “Team Fortress 2” styled. This, coupled with exaggerated proportions, a decidedly Borderlands-esque art style and a class system centred around pre-conceived characters are clear indicators that Gearbox are playing to their strengths in regards to development.
In depth plot elements haven’t been revealed for the game, but we do know that the game is set in a futuristic world with multiple races all vying for control of the last start in the known universe while our heroes set out to stop the evil . The game is said to include a “deep narrative campaign” for players that prefer to play games in single player.
The gameplay in Battleborn is very similar to that of a MOBA games with the key difference being a fundamental shift in perspective from the typical top down, overhead view to a first person perspective. The game currently features a cast of nine playable heroes and five factions. Gearbox says that Battleborn is “focused on characters above all else”. These hero characters are called, The Battleborn.
The goal of the game is to band together with other heroes and stop the evil and “unstoppable menace”. The game features 5 vs. 5 mode which has team-based elements. Players will beging on a level playing field and progression will be based on skill path up to level 20.
While all the characters have not yet been officially locked down as being the final cast, here is some information on what we know so far.
Based on the above characters, we can build a rough overview of available classes despite the fact that character and class are generally one-in-the-same.
Rath – Close combat specialist.
Oscar Mike – Heavy ranged specialist.
Thorn – Accurate mid ranged specialist.
Miko – Support and buff specialist.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.