Do we need another MOBA? When it looks like Battleborn, yes we do!

Battleborn Game Informer Spread 1

Gearbox software and 2K Games revealed their new IP this week, and it’s joining the ranks of the many upcoming titles in the MOBA genre.

With the rapidly-increasing world of the MOBA genre (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) getting new and interesting additions more frequently, we’re excited to see that the creators of Borderlands are getting in on the action too. Gearbox are calling the game a ‘hero shooter’ and it will primarily focus on its characters.

Battleborn was revealed as Game Informer magazine’s cover story and is being unveiled there throughout the month. On Gearbox Software’s website the announcement they made states:

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.”

More details will be revealed on the game’s first nine playable heroes, five factions they’re part of, and the co-op campaign in the next issue of Game Informer.

Take a look at the announcement trailer below

Game Informer have also done an interview with Battleborn’s creative director Randy Varnell and design director John Mulkey – in it they discuss why Battleborn is/isn’t a MOBA. They do acknowledge that the game does have MOBA elements, but they drew heavy influence from RPGs, fighting games and shooters. After watching the video it does sound like Battleborn is influenced by MOBAs a fair amount – the 'Incursion mode' sounds most like what a MOBA is and hopefully they’ll bring something new to the genre with it. Take a look at the interview below.

As a player of Dota 2 myself, and as someone that’s tried many MOBAs out there, Battleborn looks and sounds like something fresh and exciting - the art style alone looks incredible with it's cartoon direction and unique-looking characters. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this game, and as soon as we have more information we’ll bring it to you.

Battleborn will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2015.


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