It’s no surprise that Battleborn comes from the same team behind Borderlands when you first see the cell style animation used to colour the characters and game world. The similarities don’t stop there, the game play is as fast paced and frenetic as its cousin too, with insane bosses and NPCs to fight and interact with, in what looks set to be a huge world to play through alone or with friends in co-op.
Set in the distant future, Battleborn is a first-person shooter featuring 25 unique playable heroes who form an unlikely alliance to save the last star in the universe from a mysterious enemy hell-bent on its destruction. Battleborn’s narrative-driven story mode can be played alone or co-operatively by up to five friends splitscreen and online. The game’s three different competitive multiplayer modes can be played by up to 10 players online in action-packed 5v5 matches. Regardless of the mode being played, players will experience deep and customizable character growth for all 25 playable heroes. Every hero has their own distinct personality and comes equipped with their own unique weapons and powers. Through Battleborn’s Helix System, players will fully experience each hero’s leveling progression in a single story mission or competitive multiplayer match.
Four of these heroes are detailed below:
Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambrawas betrayed by her leader and her faction, the Jennerit Empire, and now fights alongside the Battleborn. She is a specialist hero, dealing damage up close through her melee attacks and powerful abilities, while healing her allies in the process.
Mellka: A stealthy assassin, Mellka lost her parents at a young age before eventually earning her place among the Eldrid’s black op’s and intelligence bureau. Her life has been defined by a series of staggering losses, but her response to these losses was never despair – it was fury . She strikes quickly, disorienting foes with her nerve gas machine pistol and bio-glaive melee attacks.
Reyna: Known by her followers as “The Valkyrie,” Reyna was born aboard the Rogue faction’s ailing junk heap of a flagship and is a native to the last star system. Reyna has fought tirelessly for the freedom of her space pirate comrades, finding her calling as their inspirational leader. She dishes damage with her laser pistol and uses her command glove to support her teammates.
Benedict: August Benedict Jr. is one of several surviving races of bird-like “Aviant” refugees. He swore allegiance to the Peacekeepers where he’s gained considerable notoriety for being a self-centered jerk that’s capable of astounding destruction with his rocket launcher. Double jumping, rocket jumping, and flying – Benedict’s good at all of them and he lets his teammates know it.
Battleborn is set for release on February 9th of this year.