As more and more games seek to confuse us with sequel names, I think at this point in time it is safe to say that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel probably takes the cake. I must say it is a very “Borderlands” way of saying that the next game in the series will be set between the time periods from the first and second games. Confused yet?
Series creator Gearbox is also playing second fiddle behind 2K Australia in developing the game. I didn’t see that coming, after all Gearbox hasn’t been exactly setting the world on fire with any of its games that aren’t called Borderlands (*cough* Aliens *cough*) but after a little thought it does make some sense, because the third and perhaps most perplexing detail in regards to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is that it is coming to last gen and PC only. No PS4 and no Xbone looting, which leads me to believe that Gearbox is hard at work on next gen Borderlands and publisher 2K really wanted an entry in the series this year (Borderlands 2 sold a squillion copies after all) so it got farmed out to another studio.
Along with the game announcement, there has been some gameplay and setting detail released. This entry will be about Handsome Jack’s rise to power, it will be predominantly set on Pandora’s moon, low gravity is an important gameplay mechanic and Claptrap will be a playable character… yes, Claptrap. The annoying little toaster will be one of four all new characters to play as on the Pandoran Luna landscape. Oh and as for a release date? Well, waiting won’t be too hard as it is due Spring 2014.
So are you ready get looting again? Will you feel the urge to punch Claptrap when you see him? Is Borderlands 3 actually going to be called “Borderlands: The Sequel to Sequel to the Pre-Sequel”? All this and more will be answered later in the year.