Since the very beginning, the Borderlands franchise has always been known for its eclectic cast of characters, both playable and non-playable. From Claptrap to Handsome Jack, Gearbox Software has somehow found a way to consistently deliver entertaining characters that chart all over the spectrum.
As such, Gearbox wants players of the forthcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to know that, although this isn't the next-gen Borderlands they were hoping for, it still carries that trademark spirit - and, of course, that all starts with the cast of playable characters.
However, because this third game is a pre-sequel, Gearbox has the unique advantage of reintroducing players to some familiar faces. Not only that, but the developers can add new wrinkles to these characters' back stories – transforming them from villain to hero at the drop of a hat.
In the latest making-of video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Gearbox highlights those four playable characters and what makes each unique. There's Nisha the whip-wielding gunslinger with an itchy trigger finger; Wilhelm the robotic bruiser whose drones work on offense and defense; Athena the warrior princess whose shield is more deadly than you think; and lovable Claptrap who is just plain nuts.
As you can see, each character brings something special to the table both from a gameplay and a story perspective. Obviously, it will be hard to pass up the opportunity to play as Claptrap, but Nisha, Athena, and Willhelm all seem plenty capable in battle.
From our hands-on experience with the Pre-Sequel, we can say that each playable character does introduce a new wrinkle into combat. Not to mention, the game's moon setting opens up new gameplay opportunities like low gravity. So while it may not be next-gen, it's still very much Borderlands with a wink and a smile.
Also, if you happened to miss any of the previous Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel making-of videos make sure to check out episode 1, about the game's inception, and episode 2, about that lunar setting. Gearbox and 2K Australia may be known for their sense of humor, but they are equally as passionate when talking about this popular franchise.
Which playable character are you leaning towards in the game? Who do you think is the most formidable in combat?
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases October 14, 2014 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Source: 2K Games