2K Announces Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel™ Now Available
Explore Pandora’s moon as four new Vault Hunters in the next installment of the best-selling shoot ‘n’ loot franchise
Join the conversation on Twitter using #ThePreSequel
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–2K and Gearbox Software announced today that the newest standalone game in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise, Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel™, is now available in North America for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. In addition, the game is now available on Mac and Linux in North America via Aspyr Media. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel features all-new gravity-bending gameplay, powerful laser and icy Cryo weapons, four new playable characters, and an epic cooperative story experience set between the events of Borderlands and Borderlands 2. The title will beavailable internationally on October 17, 2014.
“Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the next big installment in the award winning shooter-looter franchise, which to date, has sold-in more than 18 million units worldwide,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “For newcomers, this game is the perfect entry point to the franchise, exploring Pandora’s moon for the first time, while also being a must-have chapter in the Borderlands story for longtime fans.”
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, fans can play as one of four all-new character classes, each with distinct play-styles and personalities, including Nisha the Lawbringer, Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, and Claptrap the Fragtrap. This cast of unlikely heroes embarks on a quest to fight alongside Handsome Jack as he tries to save Pandora’s moon. Throughout all of the mayhem, players will experience Jack’s rise to power and witness him becoming the megalomaniacal tyrant fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.
“It’s been a great joy to have the team at Gearbox collaborating so closely with the talented group at 2K Australia to bring new and fresh ideas to the series,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “The exciting result of our studios’ combined effort isBorderlands: The Pre Sequel becoming the most innovative Borderlands experience since we originally launched the franchise.”
“Working with Gearbox on this next chapter in the Borderlands franchise has been a privilege,” said Tony Lawrence, general manager of 2K Australia. “We started this project as fans of the series, and we are thrilled to have contributed to this mayhem-filled universe.”
In addition to the core game launch, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass* is now available and bundles the four upcoming add-on content packs – a $39.96 value – for only $29.99. The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass grants access to download all four of the planned add-on content packs, as they become commercially available on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft, Windows PC, Mac and Linux.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, please visit the official Borderlands web site, follow @borderlands on twitter, become a fan ofBorderlands on Facebook, and subscribe to the new Borderlands channel on YouTube.
*Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network or Steam account and Internet connection required. Copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel required for play.
2K is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K. Our products are designed for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.
Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, 2K Marin, 2K Czech, 2K Australia, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands™ and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise*. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2k.com.
*According to 2008 – 2014 Metacritic.com and The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales through August 2014.
About Gearbox Software
Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for award winning, best-selling video games developed for all major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and headquartered near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation, development and management of its original blockbuster video game franchises including the critically acclaimed, award winning Brothers in Arms franchise and the record-breaking, genre-setting Borderlands franchise. In addition to having developed video games in some of the world’s greatest video game brands, including Half-Life and Halo®, Gearbox Software has also acquired and produced content for powerful, landmark intellectual property including Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox Software’s success has been supported through many key and mutually beneficial business relationships with the world’s greatest video game platform and publishing partners including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Valve/Steam, Apple and Take-Two/2K.
About 2K Australia
Founded in 2006 and based in Canberra, 2K Australia has played an integral role in the development of 2K’s critically acclaimed BioShock franchise – working closely on BioShock and BioShock Infinite, as well as supporting the development of BioShock 2. Most recently, 2K Australia co-developed the next installment in the Borderlands franchise with Gearbox Software, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws and may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “seeks,” “will,” or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the Company’s future business and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our dependence on key management and product development personnel, our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles for current and next-generation platforms, the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games, our ability to raise capital if needed and risks associated with international operations. Other important factors and information are contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, including the risks summarized in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2014, and the Company’s other periodic filings with the SEC, which can be accessed at www.take2games.com. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.