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A Guided Tour of Battleborn Concept Art

07.28.14 - Gearbox Staff

Game Informer has a look at some gorgeous concept art from Battleborn along with commentary from art director Scott Kester, lead visual FX artist Nick Wilson, animation producer Trey Davenport, senior animator Dia Hadley, and effects director Michel Gagne.

The guys discuss inspirations and methods behind the creation of the art, plus how they’ve evolved into their final form for the actual game. You can head over to Game Informer to see all of the art, which includes environments, enemies, characters, and more.

Look out for more coverage throughout this week on Game Informer’s Battleborn cover story hub

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Aaron Linde Video Interview

07.25.14 - Gearbox Staff

Aaron Linde, lead writer of Battleborn, sat down with Game Informer to discuss his background, his influences, and the game’s humor.

Aaron discusses talking to physicists as research and the process of writing funny dialog for characters even during battle, plus offers a lot more insight into what you can expect from the game.

You can watch Aaron’s interview on Game Informer’s site right here.

Game Informer’s month of Battleborn coverage will continue with more next week. Until then, you can find everything they’ve posted so far on their Battleborn story hub

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New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel themed heads and skins are now available* in Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC! Your favorite Vault Hunters have taken to cosplaying their favorite characters from The Pre-Sequel:

With today's update, all of these customizations are now available as extremely rare drops in-game. You'll also be able to immediately unlock one of the character's customization sets each week via SHiFT code by clicking the corresponding images above as they go live on their listed dates.

We are aware that some Xbox 360 users are experiencing an issue that causes them to be stuck in a compatibility pack download loop. To resolve this, please follow the instructions in this knowledge base article.

For help and assistance with SHiFT, visit support.gearboxsoftware.com.

*Requires active Internet connection. For more details on SHiFT and Hot Fixes, visit support.gearboxsoftware.com.

 

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While we don't have a booth at SDCC, there's still a few cool ways to interact with Gearbox's games and developers at this year's Comic-Con!

For starters, head over to Petco Park for a 25 vs. 25 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel laser tag match! The Nerdist crew will be running three games per hour from 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Not in to laser tag? Join in on a Moon Dance flash mob! The Petco Park events are free for all to enjoy, and those with Comic-Con badges will receive priority access. Get the full scoop here.

If you've got yourself a Comic-Con badge, stop by the IDW Booth from 12 PM to 1 PM on Friday where Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone author Mikey Neumann, and David Eddings (the voice of Claptrap!) will be holding an autograph session.

Later that night, hop on over to the Room ABC125 at 7PM, where Gearbox's David Eddings will be sitting down with fellow industry professionals to discuss the evolution of the action-RPG genre on the appropriately titled "Evolution of the Action RPG" panel!

 

If you're in San Diego for Gam3rCon, we've got you covered too! Take a peek into the future of the video game industry and its culture with Gearbox's President, Randy Pitchford, at "The Future of Gaming" panel at 4:45 PM. The panel was inspired by the new feature film, Video Games: The Movie.

Afterwards, head on over to The Digital Gym Theatre for a screening of Video Games: The Movie at 7:00 PM! A live Q&A will follow the screening with director Jeremy Snead and other special guests!

 

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Picking up where we left off last week with Athena, this week we gave various press outlets some time with Wilhelm, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’s Enforcer.

In the videos below, you can get your first deep dive into Wilhelm’s various skill trees, plus see him run through a mission along with commentary from Gearbox’s Anthony Burch and 2K Australia’s Steve Mander-Jones.

There are still more character deep dives to come, so come back next week to get your first look at Nisha!

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Game Informer's coverage of Battleborn continues today with a new article that dissects the elements and influences that make Battleborn's gameplay feel both familiar and unique.

Catch up with the rest of Game Informer's previews, including hands-on impressions, character profiles, and more over on the Battleborn cover story hub.

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New Game Informer Video Interview

07.21.14 - Gearbox Staff

As part of its ongoing Battleborn coverage, Game Informer has posted a new video interview with Gearbox president and CEO Randy Pitchford, executive producer Sean Reardon, Battleborn creative director Randy Varnell, and design director John Mulkey. The guys discuss everything from the origins of Battleborn to why we’re focusing on a new IP instead of Borderlands 3, and much more.

You can watch the video right here:

In case you missed it last week, we also revealed the first nine Battleborn characters in groups of three here, here, and here, and you’ll be able to see plenty more from Game Informer’s ongoing month of Battleborn coverage in their cover story hub.

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Continuing the series that started earlier this week, Game Informer has posted new info on the final three characters in our first batch of nine – Rath, Marquis, and Caldarius.

Just like we saw on Monday with Oscar Mike, Miko, and Phoebe and on Wednesday with Thorn, Montana, and Reyna, today’s installment has each of the characters’ backstories, skills, and some hands-on impressions of how they feel in-game. These are the last of the characters we’re revealing for now, but stay tuned since there are many, many more to come.

Rath:

Rath is a Jennerit swordsman who abandoned his post as a royal guard to join the front lines of battle. He carries two huge katanas (plus stores a big extra one on his back) and makes up for his lack of projectiles by beating brutal in close combat. His ultimate ability lets him turn into a spinning circle of bladed death as he spins around and closes in on enemies to cut them down to size.

You can find out much more about Rath right here.

Marquis:

Marquis is an LLC robot who once served as Phoebe’s butler before he acquired some sketchy programming and was dismissed. Best from long range, Marquis uses his cane-turned-sniper rifle to hit enemies from afar, and he can also send out robotic owls named Hoodini that circle the skies and rain down on enemies like adorable missles. Marquis’ ultimate ability is the Overcharge Blast, a brutal shot that does massive damage if it connects.

Find out even more about Marquis at this link.

Caldarius:

Caldarius is a heavily armored shocktrooper who was a renowned Jennerit fighter. Armed with a badass jetpack and an even more badass sword and gun combo, Caldarius is great at coming down from above for quick hits on enemies, then making a quick escape before they can retaliate. Caldarius is the furthest out of these first nine characters and some of his moves are still in development, but the current (subject to change!) plan is for an ultimate ability that allows him to come crashing down from above and create a shockwave that decimates his enemies.

Get some more details about Caldarius right here.

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about the new playable characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with various press outlets, showing off new skills and some new areas of the game, plus some new vehicles and enemies. Exciting, right?

We’re kicking things off today with Athena, fully revealing her Phalanx, Xiphos, and Ceraunic Storm skill trees along with some new gameplay and your first looks at the new Stingray and Moon Buggy vehicles.

You can see Athena in action below, and come back next week to see Wilhelm!

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Continuing the series that started earlier this week, Game Informer has a look at three more of Battleborn’s characters -- Thorn, Montana, and Reyna.

Just like last time, these profiles each focus on the characters’ backstories, skills, and even some hands-on impressions of what they’re like in-game. There’s still one more set of characters to be revealed out of our initial batch of nine, so check back on Friday for some more new heroes!

Thorn:

Thorn is an archer trying to maintain her Eldrid ideology while surviving in the new world. She’s one of the fastest moving and highest jumping characters we’ve got, and she uses a bow that can shoot cursed arrows to mow down bad guys. Her ultimate ability allows her to call in a ghostly wolf that will tear any enemies to shreds.

You can read much more about Thorn right here.

Montana:

Montana is a Peacekeeper soldier with a heart of gold who basically just wants everyone to have fun. He’s by far the biggest character in Battleborn so far, and totes a gigantic Gatling gun to match his massive frame. Montana’s slow and can’t really hide behind cover, but he can take a lot of damage, and he can dish plenty of it out with his gun (but be careful of overheating!). Montana’s ultimate ability is Mansformation, which allows him to choose a target and slam down onto them. Mansformation also turns Montana’s skin to metal, minimizing incoming damage.

Find out even more about Montana at this link.

Reyna:

Reyna is the closest thing to a commander that the disjointed Rogue faction has to offer, rallying the eccentric troops through sheer charisma. She comes armed with a pistol as well as the Command Glove, which lets her shoot a slow-moving projectile that can knock out enemy shields. Her ultimate ability lets her warp to an ally to help them during the fight, which means she can also quickly get out of dodge if things get hairy.

You can get some more details about Reyna right here.

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Issue one of the new Borderlands comic series, The Fall of Fyrestone, can be found on the shelves of your local comic book store today! For tech savvy fans, the series will also be available via beautiful e-reader magic on Amazon.

The Fall of Fyrestone is written by Gearbox's own Mikey Neumann and follows what happens to Roland, Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick after they step off of Marcus' bus in Borderlands. Check out the preview on Comicoisty

Want more? Be sure to check out these other awesome comics inspired by Gearbox Software titles, Borderlands: Origins and Brothers in Arms.

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Battleborn is all about the characters, and this week Game Informer is going to be diving into the first nine heroes that we’ve revealed so far.

Today, they’re focused on Oscar Mike, Miko, and Phoebe, including their backstory, skills, and hands-on impressions. Check below to head to the page for each specific character, then come back on Wednesday and Friday this week for some more looks at new heroes!

Oscar Mike:

Oscar Mike is a loyal, hardened soldier who fights unquestioningly for the ideals of the Peacekeepers. He uses an assault rifle and grenades that should be familiar to any fan of first-person shooters, and his ultimate ability is to call in an Airstrike that can blow his foes to smithereens.

You can read much more about Oscar Mike right here.

Miko:

Miko is a member of the Eldrid faction and a survivor of a sentient fungal megacolony that once spread across an entire planet. Miko throws out poisoned kunai knives that can wear down foes, but can also serve as a support character to heal teammates. Miko’s mushroom cap can be removed and dropped on the ground as part of an ultimate ability that simultaneously heals allies and harms enemies.

You can read much more about Miko right here.

Phoebe:

Phoebe is one of few human members of the Last Light Consortium (LLC for short). She controls a set of floating rapiers (as well as an additional one that she holds in her hand like a normal person) that she can use to cut enemies down to size. Her ultimate ability is Riposte, which lets her block an incoming attack and then bring down the full might of her rapiers on enemies.

You can read much more about Phoebe right here.

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You may have heard that we announced our newest creation, Battleborn, earlier this week! After Game Informer chose Battleborn for the cover story in this month's issue, the team at GI has been trickling out first impressions, interviews and more through a newly created content hub.

Take a moment catch up with this week's exclusive articles:

 

Want more? The next Battleborn article hits the GI content hub on Monday, July 14!

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We're teaming up with 2K and The Nerdist to bring you Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel laser tag and more during San Diego Comic-Con! Make your way over to Petco Park between 11AM and 5PM and hop into one of our massive 25 vs. 25 laser tag battles. For full details on the event, click here.

Oh yeah, watch this video for a very special laser tag pro tip from Anthony Burch:

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Get an inside look at what went in to creating of the newest addition to the Borderlands franchise in The Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a behind the scenes documentary series that will explore the origins, features, and future of the game.

Check out episode one, 'To the Moon', that explores the origins of the project and the relationship between the development teams at Gearbox and 2K Australia.

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Today we’re happy to announce our newest creation, Battleborn.

We’re calling Battleborn a “hero shooter” in that it’s a first-person shooter focused on characters above all else. No first-person shooter has ever had this much character variety, and we’re excited for you to see the first batch of heroes today.

Battleborn involves our heroes – called the battleborn, conveniently enough – teaming up to fight the Varelsi, an unstoppable menace trying to destroy the last star in a dying universe. You can play with up to four friends in our five-player cooperative campaign, or try out one of several different competitive multiplayer match types in games of up to 10 players.

You can watch the first trailer for Battleborn right here:

The first details about Battleborn – including our first nine playable heroes, the five factions they belong to, the first information about our cooperative campaign, and much more – are featured in the next issue of Game Informer, which you can check out digitally starting today, or in GameStop stores in August. Game Informer will also have a heap of new info throughout the month on its online hub, so be sure to check that out right here.

Battleborn will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015. We’re super excited about, and we hope you are too! Join in the conversation on our brand new Battleborn forums, Battleborn Facebook, and Battleborn Twitter, and look out for a bunch of new info in the weeks ahead! 

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Watch the full Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel E3 2014 demo, narrated by developers from Gearbox Software and 2K Australia. Excited for The Pre-Sequel? You'll also want to check out Jack's Tips for Surviving on the Moon!

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Calling all cosplayers! Here's your chance to develop a new costume and cash in on the hard work in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cosplay Contest!

Special guest judges will select six winners to win an all access pass to PAX Prime 2014 and a photoshoot with their fellow cosplayers. Entrants can choose from one of six characters featured in our Cosplay Reference Guides.

For full details and to learn how to enter, visit the official contest page.

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Handsome Jack is here with some tips for making the most out of your experience with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

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Moon Moxxi Cosplay Reference Guide

07.02.14 - Jeff Skal

The always alluring Moxxi is back with a new look in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! You can see all the details of her new style in high resolution in the newly released Moon Moxxi cosplay reference guide.

Reference guides for other characters from The Pre-Sequel can be found here.

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