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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel coming soon to PS3

Witness Handsome Jack's rise to power, play as Claptrap

More Borderlands? Yes please! 2K just announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a new entry in the awesome/ridiculous/ridiculously-awesome FPS series from Gearbox. It takes place between Borderlands 1 and 2, and explores the rise of the latter’s charmingly sadistic villain: Handsome Jack. Oh, and it’s on the moon.

Offensive opportunities will be plentiful, with new laser-based and “Cryo” weapons joining the already gargantuan armoury present on Pandora, and you can play as one of four new characters – including Claptrap.

Read on for full details about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, straight from 2K.

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Handsome Jack is back with a whole new cast of playable characters and he’s taking you to the moon of Pandora in the next standalone AAA game in 2K’s best-selling franchise – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 2K announced today that the game is being co-developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia, and will be available later this fall for PlayStation 3. See, aren’t you glad you kept your PS3!?

Narratively, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place between the original Borderlands game and Borderlands 2. For the very first time, you’ll play on the other side as four new playable characters fighting alongside Handsome Jack, and you’ll witness Jack’s transformation into the megalomaniacal tyrant that you loved to hate in Borderlands 2.

Fans of the franchise will no doubt remember some of these characters from past games. There’s Athena – The Gladiator, Wilhelm – The Enforcer, Nisha – The Lawbringer, and Claptrap – The Fragtrap. That’s right, you can play as THE Claptrap! Oh, and did we mention that you’re fighting on the moon!?

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Pandora’s moon is called Elpis, and it’s inhabited by a whole bunch of new baddies – Scavengers, Lunatics, giant bandits in 70s-era NASA spacesuits – you know, the type you’d enjoy blasting off the surface of the moon. And that’s just it, because you’re off of Pandora, gravity is different and so is the atmosphere.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has an all-new oxygen system that not only allows you to breathe in the moon’s zero-atmosphere environments, it gives you an oxygen-powered jetpack that enables you to perform insanely long moon jumps, or even double jumps. Combining your double jump with the crouch button performs a ground-pounding slam that deals area of effect damage, and can also deal crazy elemental damage.

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Oxygen is a lootable resource just like ammo, which has been plentiful in past Borderlands games, so you don’t have to fear that you’ll run out.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Borderlands game without gazillions of new guns, but not just guns, all-new weapon and elemental damage types. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, you’ll shoot ‘n’ loot with laser guns – the type that ‘pew pew’ like in Star Wars, and the type that shoot continuous beams like in Ghostbusters. You’ll also freeze bandits in their place and shatter them into hundreds of bloody pieces using an array of Cryo weapons. Cryo is an all-new elemental damage type, and the combination of fire from laser and ice from Cryo has us itching to jump back into Borderlands.

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What do you think? Are you excited to jump around Pandora’s moon, blasting bandits in the face with laser guns? Let us know in the comments below. Also, if you’re headed to PAX East this weekend, you have a chance to get a first look at Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in action at 2K’s booth #962.

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i love borderlands!

Seeing how I have barely started borderlands 2, means that I should probably keep it that way. Might as well find out why HAndsome Jack became such a [DELETED] from the start.

jorispelgrom 09 April, 2014 @ 13:12
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This would be perfect on the Vita with Borderlands 2’s release. They could probably even use the same engine.

Dark-Twisted 09 April, 2014 @ 13:48
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It would depend on how well BL2 sells on Vita. I hope it outperforms expectations on sales but… we’ll see.

Had blast playing 2 on ps3 with a buddy. Really looking forward to this for local co-op.

StevenJamesHyde 09 April, 2014 @ 13:17
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PS3 only and full-price (at least that’s what I’m inferring from ‘standalone AAA release’) are terrible decisions. Love Borderlands but I think I’ll pass on this one

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Looks cool, will this be released on Vita as well? I thought i read somewhere that starting with BL2 all BL games would be coming to the Vita as well as PS3.

The Moon setting appeals to me more then the generic rocky deserts in BL/BL2

Why? Why not for PS4? :/

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Because it wouldn’t make any business sense for 2K. Developping games for the PS4 still costs more money than it brings in. And Borderlands 1.5 is clearly the kind of midquel designed to fill in the interim. Hence it needs to be sold by the millions, not by the thousands.

No cross-gen release? Will wait for the inevitable £50 PS4 ‘Deluxe Special Anniversary Overly Priced Edition’.

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The thought of playing a Borderlands game without the blooming loading screens is appealing. It would make it feel like a genuine open-world game, rather than a dungeon crawler…without a ceiling.

So is this a full game or something like Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon?

RedMustang72 09 April, 2014 @ 13:48
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I’m wondering that myself…??

Not touched my PS3 since PS4 launch and I won’t be doing it for this game either. No buy sadly.

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This sounds like it was originally meant to be DLC but they decided to charge us full price for it

Ac3_l1ghtn1ng 09 April, 2014 @ 13:49
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Will there be a vita version?

“Dave Lang of Iron Galaxy studios says that gearbox plans to bring every Borderlands game including and after Borderlands 2 to the Vita.”

Just a reminder of why me and many others may assume they’ll be a vita version.

Never played this franchise. I would possibly.. if my friends wouldn’t be on X360 ahahahah

RedMustang72 09 April, 2014 @ 14:08
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI1Z_l8XE2E

More Borderlands is a good thing! Bit disappointing it hasn’t made the PS4 jump, but hopefully BL3 will do just that. Still unclear as to how much content there is but it is being pushed as a full game release. Definite buy for me!

“Oxygen is a lootable resource just like ammo, which has been plentiful in past Borderlands games, so you don’t have to fear that you’ll run out.”

So……..why bother with it then? Do we really need another resource to manage at regular intervals?

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In fact, this makes even less sense when one of the characters is Claptrap. A robot. Who doesn’t need oxygen……..

Sorry guys but there’s no excuse not to release a PS4 version if you already have a PC version ready to go.

Super easy to port. You’re leaving money on the table, and I won’t be buying this for PS3. Last-gen needs to die I’m afraid.

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More Borderlands? Count me in :D

bestminionever 11 April, 2014 @ 03:56
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Fingers crossed for another loot chest edition. This has just topped my game wish list , toppling Borderlands 2 Vita and Tales from the borderlands. Can we have please some borderlands avatars and a HD collection for PS4.

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