Gearbox Software have this week announced the development of Battleborn (on the cover of the August 2014 edition of Game Informer) for release in the not too distant future. Unlike the studio's impending first-person-role-playing-shooter follow-up Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (which is scheduled to retail for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this October 17th), this one is currently confirmed to launch exclusively on next-generation hardware, hence the considerably distant projected release window that eagle-eyed readers will have spotted below.
Trust us when we assert that the distinctions between this new IP and Gearbox's famed dystopian FPS franchise don't end with their platform rosters, either: the former will take on the guise of a multiplayer online battle arena experience, once again limiting the gameplay to online matches (in a vein not dissimilar to Titanfall, Destiny or The Elder Scrolls Online - could we be witnessing the next-generation of video gaming's first substantial trend, perhaps?) rather than incorporating an extensive single-player component. In Game Informer's own words, the supposedly "unique apocalypse premise" at the heart of the title's narrative "pulls together a ton of unlockable playable heroes that not only look wildly different, but control like they're from entirely different first-person games". Colour us interested, then, but with some weighty reservations, not least due to the present commonplace nature of both MOBAs and apocalyptic storylines...
Battleborn steps into the arena on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in March 2016.