Gearbox Tackles a New IP With the Character-Driven Battleborn

Gearbox Tackles a New IP With the Character-Driven Battleborn

2K Games and Gearbox Software reveal a new "genre-blending" IP they have termed the hero-shooter. We get an early look at the game to see why they think the game will be special.

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Sniff Sniff, hmm I'm sure I smell a Gearbox hat simulator somewhere in there.

I like the way this looks. I really, really like that art style.

This honestly sounds and looks like a mess. The same sort of FPS/RPG hyprid they had with Borderlands, but with MOBA elements and being developed with e-sports in mind. Not only that but it's artstyle reek of LoL. It just seems like a huge mish-mash of current trends in a soulless attempt to cash-in on them while they're still relevant. I can't say I'm interested at all in this.

So, who'd they rip off for this one?

ShakerSilver:
being developed with e-sports in mind.

You should never ever do that... If the game is fun and people start getting really competitive, esports will come to it...

"... and Marquis, a gentlemanly robot sniper who was a butler in a previous life before a bad software upgrade turned him into an all-too-polite terminator."

Well, I'm sold.

I'm going to remain optimistic for the time-being. It seems like it could be fun.

I'm getting a bit of a TF2 man vs. machine vibe from this. That combined with a gorgeous art style and borderlands/MOBA mechanics?
Stop it, my nipples are getting hard.

I love hearing when Gearbox is in the works.... will it be a Borderlands, or a Colonial Marines?
*grabs some popcorn and begins growing out his Gunzerker Beard*

For the love of God, make Montana's head larger. It's jarring as hell.

I wasn't entirely impressed with what I read about this in Game Informer. It sounded as though the "pull heroes from disparate sci-fi/fantasy genres" was creating some difficulties in balance and tone, even before word of this "some characters will play better on mouse and keyboard, some will play better on a console controller" thing came into focus.

Maybe they'll pull it off; heaven knows, Borderlands was looking like a rather dull generic shooter early in development. Right now, I'm not excessively optimistic.

How long will it take for try-hards to distill the game down to one "best" meta and actively mock and abuse anyone who strays from their formula by choosing a "bad" character or making "sup-optimal" choices on their skill tree?

Isn't there already a Bethesda MOBA or EA MOBA called Battleborn? It feels like there's about 20 games that all have the same 5 names lately.

Oh that was Battlecry.

Alright, Gearbox. You've caught my attention. It's much too early to make any judgement, but you've definitely caught my attention. Now, let's see you keep it. It looks good and sounds quite fun, but I'm gonna need more than that. I'll just stay tuned in for the next update and see where this goes.

LightningFast:
"... and Marquis, a gentlemanly robot sniper who was a butler in a previous life before a bad software upgrade turned him into an all-too-polite terminator."

Well, I'm sold.

I'm going to remain optimistic for the time-being. It seems like it could be fun.

This was the character I immediately wanted to play. He has an owl that can act as a sentry (and or explosive mine), and a stopwatch that that manipulate time to a degree based on the perk chosen.

Novaova:
How long will it take for try-hards to distill the game down to one "best" meta and actively mock and abuse anyone who strays from their formula by choosing a "bad" character or making "sup-optimal" choices on their skill tree?

If Mann Vs Machine is anything to go by, pretty much a short while after Day One. I for one look forward for being kicked because the other guy yelling obscenities at me is distracting me from doing my job on the team.

At least unlike MvM, I can play this single player.

Sir Shockwave:
If Mann Vs Machine is anything to go by, pretty much a short while after Day One.

Amen to that. I slept in on launch day and missed my opportunity to play MvM in the brief window before it had been ruined by aggressive know-it-alls.

Novaova:

Sir Shockwave:
If Mann Vs Machine is anything to go by, pretty much a short while after Day One.

Amen to that. I slept in on launch day and missed my opportunity to play MvM in the brief window before it had been ruined by aggressive know-it-alls.

This is why I get stuck in a loop of eternal agony on my Mann Up Tours X3

K, so the whole intro pictures are reminding me of Borderlands, and that shouldn't be happening. However, the art looks great. I'm conflicted on their writing staff, they did a fantastic job on BL2, but I don't much care for them personally. I suppose I should compartmentalize that and go in with the hope they pull off another great story.

Artstyle is very nice but that name? Battleborn couldn't be more generic of a name if it tried. I will get it confused with Bloodborne and Battlefield and sounds like some gritty realistic game.

Novaova:

Sir Shockwave:
If Mann Vs Machine is anything to go by, pretty much a short while after Day One.

Amen to that. I slept in on launch day and missed my opportunity to play MvM in the brief window before it had been ruined by aggressive know-it-alls.

Oh I remember those few few days when it first came out ... they kind of sucked. No one knew what they were doing and the mode had close to a thousand bugs (I remember one where the bomb being set off didn't end the round) but I guess it was pretty nice not being kicked for picking a support class though.

OT: I'll check it out in the future but if it as MOBA as it sounds I doubt it will compete with Dota for me.

I like the artstyle (dear god its almost jarring in todays climate) and I like Borderlands 2's approach to story ect...it didn't feel completely gutted as a single player experience

if this can be similar to that I might very well be interested

ShakerSilver:
This honestly sounds and looks like a mess. The same sort of FPS/RPG hyprid they had with Borderlands, but with MOBA elements and being developed with e-sports in mind. Not only that but it's artstyle reek of LoL. It just seems like a huge mish-mash of current trends in a soulless attempt to cash-in on them while they're still relevant. I can't say I'm interested at all in this.

hey ...if its gotta be "this" current trends I'm certainly not complaining

lets leave COD in the last gen..where it belongs

The whole "SP is just Co-Op with bots" is giving me RE5 flashbacks, which is not a good thing. Its a shame too, because other than the forced co-op this sounds like a really interesting game.

Ah, where's that kid from the reveal trailer comments that was adamant that there was nothing in the announcement that implied this game would be a Moba while everyone else was blowing wind into a sock trying to explain how all signs pointed to it being one?

I need to gloat.

I can't say I'm particularly wowed. It sounds like Monday Night Combat in a larger setting. The game might be good but I'm not enough of a Gearbox fan to really care until I know how big the online community will be.

I can't be the only one looking at this and thinking how tedious its going to be to reassign all your skills every mission.

Veralsi? You mean, like Varelse? As in the Ender saga's concept of the true alien, Varelse? ... I see what you did there, Gearbox. You're lucky I like it.

aaronexus:
Veralsi? You mean, like Varelse? As in the Ender saga's concept of the true alien, Varelse? ... I see what you did there, Gearbox. You're lucky I like it.

Embarassed as I am to say that I am utterly ignorant when it comes to the Ender saga, I still feel he need to point out that the word "Varelse" is Swedish for "Creature", and that made be blink at your post a few times. "Creature" has to be THE most generic name for, as you put it, "the concept of the true alien". I suppose it makes sense, but I'm really unimpressed. Like, really? That was the best name they could think of? I mean, at least Gearbox changed around the letters a bit with "Veralsi", but just straight up "Creature"? I'm not amused.

It sounds like it's going to be PvE, not Pvp. I wonder how this wil translate to how e-sports are played now. There could be tournaments where two teams start at the same moment and race to finish a mission first, or with the highest amount of points.

I'm interested, let's hope they won't screw it up.

 

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