Battleborn Takes Up Arms Next February

By Mark Delaney, 2 years ago
With a vibrant color palette, a cast of over-the-top characters, and a wealth of weaponry, it wouldn't be hard to confuse Gearbox's next IP, Battleborn, with their previous work. The studio doesn't want that to be the case though. This new trailer aims to showcase what Battleborn does well and different.

Chiefly among those differences are the 25 unique playable heroes, each with their own skill set. Surely there's something for everyone. Four of those heroes have been unveiled today. Let's meet them.


Benedict: August Benedict Jr. is one of several surviving races of bird-like “Aviant” refugees. He swore allegiance to the Peacekeepers where he’s gained considerable notoriety for being a self-centered jerk that’s capable of astounding destruction with his rocket launcher. Double jumping, rocket jumping, and flying – Benedict’s good at all of them and he lets his teammates know it.

Mellka: A stealthy assassin, Mellka lost her parents at a young age before eventually earning her place among the Eldrid’s black op’s and intelligence bureau. Her life has been defined by a series of staggering losses, but her response to these losses was never despair – it was fury . She strikes quickly, disorienting foes with her nerve gas machine pistol and bio-glaive melee attacks.

Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambrawas betrayed by her leader and her faction, the Jennerit Empire, and now fights alongside the Battleborn. She is a specialist hero, dealing damage up close through her melee attacks and powerful abilities, while healing her allies in the process.

Reyna: Known by her followers as “The Valkyrie,” Reyna was born aboard the Rogue faction’s ailing junk heap of a flagship and is a native to the last star system. Reyna has fought tirelessly for the freedom of her space pirate comrades, finding her calling as their inspirational leader. She dishes damage with her laser pistol and uses her command glove to support her teammates.
Gearbox is also now ready to share a firm release date for their next spastic shooter. Battleborn arrives on Xbox One on February 9th, 2016. An open beta will precede the game's launch with more details to follow.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.