In just a few short months, the fall season will be upon us and with it will come a deluge of new game releases suited for a wide variety of tastes. As with past years, the latter months of 2014 are chalked full of new games, to the point it feels like October and November are over-stuffed. And now yet another game has added its name to the list.
Just announced today, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be hitting last-gen platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PS3) on October 14, 2014. The game is available for pre-order now and those who do will unlock a special Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus. More on that in a bit.
For those who haven’t been following along with this third game, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is, as the goofy subtitle implies, set between the events of the first and second Borderlands games. It seeks to tell the origins of Handsome Jack — the villain in Borderlands 2 — before he fully developed into a mustache-twirling foil.
As a result, 2K Australia, in conjunction with original franchise developers Gearbox Software, have tried to play within that framework by skewing the character selection towards familiar individuals. Some are henchmen featured in Jack’s entourage in Borderlands 2, while others, like Clap Trap, have become series staples.
Speaking of Claptrap, Gearbox and 2K have also released a new trailer for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in celebration of the release date announcement. Much like the ‘Doomsday’ trailer for B2, this latest video, titled ‘Moon Dance,’ is extremely tongue-in-cheek and is all the more enjoyable as a result. The trailer highlights some of the new features for this third game, including the low-gravity combat, new vehicles, weapons, monsters, and the new characters, as well the new moon setting, but what’s most great about the trailer is its dance number, which just so happens to be choreographed by Dance Central developers Harmonix.
And finally, for those who are sold by the trailer, we bring news of a pre-order bonus for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that unlocks the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit. Based on the description, it sounds like the Pit is your typical wave-based arena section, but it will reportedly unlock special weapons for use in game.
Even before Batman: Arkham Knight‘s delay into 2015, October was a very crowded month, boasting at least 5 high profile releases across all generations and platforms. And with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel adding its name to the list, we’re unsure how gamers are going to be able to get to all of these games without a few slipping through the cracks.
We’d venture to guess that given Borderlands‘ popularity, this Pre-Sequel won’t have trouble standing out, but franchise fatigue could be a factor come October. Either way, this latest trailer hits the gleefully silly tone we’ve come to expect from the series thus far, and that will likely be more than enough for fans.
Are you looking forward to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? How would you like to see this third game keep things fresh?
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases October 24, 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox 360.
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