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Borderlands "Pre-Sequel" coming to Xbox 360 and PS3, claims retailer

Takes place on the moon, apparently

2K Australia is working on a Borderlands "pre-sequel" for Xbox 360 and PS3, according to a report over at online retailer GamePointsNow. It takes place on Pandora's moon, Elpis, and features four new lead characters - Athena The Gladiator, Wilhelm The Enforcer, Nisha The Lawbringer and Fragtrap.

Certain of these names will be familiar from previous games. Wilhelm is a boss from Borderlands 2, now armed with drones and a shoulder-mounted cannon in place of his loader clamps, while melee-focused Athena made an appearance in the first game's General Knoxx DLC. Fragtrap, of course, is a heavier-hitting version of the infamous Claptrap.

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The story reportedly sees you carrying out orders for "John" - the lowly programmer who would grow up to become Handsome Jack - as he searches for an alien artefact. There will be two new classes of weapon - lasers and Cryo guns, which can be used to freeze opponents. The Moon's low gravity will affect the flow of combat - you can blast bandits into orbit, and use jetpacks to move around quickly. You'll also need to worry about oxygen, which is lootable in the form of "OX-kits".

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford recently Tweeted about forthcoming game projects - the developer is working on next gen hardware, and will "probably" announce something later this year. Is a "proper", next gen Borderlands sequel in the offing? Absolutely not, if comments from February are any indication, but today's news obviously throws that claim into question.

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There's also Tales from the Borderlands, an adventure game spin-off developed by Telltale Games, creators of The Walking Dead XBLA series.

GamePointsNow thinks a 2014 release for the "pre-sequel" is likely. Colour all this strictly unconfirmed till we hear more from 2K and Gearbox.

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