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.
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.
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.