Gearbox Software are keen on combining the first-person shooter genre with various different gaming sectors. With Borderlands, they created one of the greatest FPS-RPG series in history. Borderlands 2 is one of the shining examples of the great PS3 and Xbox 360 generation, but they have their sights set on a new IP - their first since Borderlands in 2009.
Battleborn is an FPS that will combine the genre with that of MOBAs. The multiplayer online battle arena genre is one that has brought e-sports to a level that has rivalled more well known competitive games. League of Legends for example sees teams from all of the world fight one another for a prize worth $1,000,000 every year. But now Battleborn is stepping into the arena.
The Battleborn Beta Proves That it Can Be Just As Good As Borderlands!
Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software, believes that Battleborn is the most ambitious game the studio has ever developed. After a short time with this FPS' engaging gameplay, it's hard not to see why someone would support this opinion. While I always felt that Borderlands was an excellent series, I could never devote myself to the games following my completion of the campaign. I had a lot of fun with Borderlands 2, but it never made me come back for more once I put it down. I don't think that'll be the case with Battleborn, despite the fact that I've never been engaged with the MOBA genre in any way, shape, or form.
Now That's Some Engaging Gameplay!
On its release date, Battleborn will have 25 characters to chose from, each from one of five factions, all sworn to protect the planet of Solus! The game will feature a multi-chapter campaign, one that will hopefully rival the storytelling prowess of Borderlands 2. But the beta didn't give us an insight into the adventures of the various factions, but rather the minute-to-minute adventure of Battleborn's gameplay.
This is a game that allows you to fire a mechanical owl at your enemies, something which perfectly illustrates the level of quality that we're talking about here. Other publications have referenced the game's quirky nature, and how it's all almost a throwback to Timesplitters - a series that I miss far too often. We couldn't agree more, but I suppose we've come to expect this sort of thing after Borderlands. Another thing that you can expect is that the gunplay is excellent.
Battleborn will feature a multiplayer mode that can accommodate up to ten players online. The standard multiplayer modes are present, such as deathmatch, and a take on the classic capture the flag. But there are a few other interesting additions. Like, Meltdown, in which you escort your minions into an incinerator to score points. The more you burn, the more earn.
Another aspect of Battleborn that we loved was its presentation. Even though Borderlands had a great art style, the games could be pretty ugly at times in my opinion. But the screen is alive with stunning colours and action when it comes to Battleborn. It's a beautiful step forward for Gearbox, and it compliments the fast-paced nature of this MOBA-FPS' gameplay.
From what we've seen and heard already, Battleborn is shaping up to a remarkable followup to Borderlands. The beta has shown that its gameplay is filled with enough depth to allow players to express themselves with the expansive list of characters at hand. Keep an eye out for Battleborn in the future.
Battleborn gets its release date for the PS4, XBOX One, and PC on May 3rd, 2015. We can't wait!