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Video: Borderlands The Pre-Sequel officially announced

Autumn 2014 release takes place on the moon and focuses on the rise of Handsome Jack

2K Games has officially announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in autumn 2014.

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Principally developed at 2K Australia, with supervision from series creator Gearbox, the shooter takes place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, is set on the moon off Pandora, and focuses on the rise of the second game's primary antagonist, Handsome Jack.

As previously rumoured, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel features four new playable characters:
  • Athena, the Gladiator: Athena was player one during the demo. She originally appeared in "The Secret Armory of General Knoxx" DLC for the first Borderlands game. Athena's action skill is the "Kinetic Aspis" which absorbs incoming damage, and can then be thrown at enemies to deal the absorbed damage to them. In the demo, her skill points were invested in the Phalanx skill tree, which is focused on healing and tanking abilities. During the demo she unlocked the final ability on that tree - "Wrath of the Goddess" - which causes her shield to ricochet and damage multiple enemies.
  • Wilhelm, the Enforcer: Main co-op partner during the demo. Wilhelm appeared as one of the first bosses in Borderlands 2.
  • Claptrap, the Fragtrap: This is the Claptrap first encountered at the beginning of the first Borderlands and the last surviving Claptrap unit during Borderlands 2. He appeared briefly in the demo with his upgraded Fragtrap combat abilities.
  • Nisha, the Lawbringer: Nisha appeared in Borderlands 2 as the Sheriff of Lynchwood, but was not present in the demo.

Read CVG's first impressions of the game in this newly published Borderlands The Pre-Sequel preview.

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