We won’t be getting Borderlands 3 just yet. Instead, 2K Australia is working with Gearbox to create Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a title that falls on the timeline between Borderlands and Borderlands 2. It will be released this fall for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The game purports to be an origin story of sorts, filling in the holes in the back stories of some of the villains in the first two games. For the first time, gamers will not be on Pandora, but will instead explore the moon–which has long loomed in the background.
There are four playable characters in The Pre-Sequel: robot Claptrap, Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer and Nisha the Lawbringer. Each fights alongside Handsome Jack, giving gamers a close-up look at his transformation into the power-hungry Hyperion leader we see in Borderlands 2. New weapons, including ice bullets, will also be introduced.
“[Villains] can be morally ambiguous, doing possibly bad things for the right reasons and then have that reflect what [Handsome Jack] is doing. There are several quests in the game, where literally their only narrative purpose is to show you that the bad guy you’re fighting is not actually a horrible person,” said Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford.
Borderlands 2 to PS Vita
In other news, Borderlands 2 will come bundled with Sony’s new slimmer and lighter Wi-Fi Vita model. When released May 6, a black version of the handheld, an 8GB memory card and the title will cost $199.99. The standalone Vita version can be purchased digitally and in stores May 13.
The game, which will be cross-save compatible with the PS3 version, will come with six packs: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, the Psycho and Mechromancer character classes, the Ultimate Vault Hunter’s Upgrade Pack and the Collector’s Edition pack.