2K Games and Gearbox Software have officially confirmed that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
The next game in Gearbox’s loot-happy series will take place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2 on the moon and the Hyperion space station. The game will tell the story of Handsome Jack’s rise to power and players will get to take control of four new characters: Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, Nisha the Lawbringer, and Claptrap, the Fragtrap—the last surviving Claptrap unit from Borderlands 2. When in control of Claptrap players will have a lower camera angle, but also have access to new abilities to make up for it.
As was revealed in the leak earlier this week, Oxygen will play an important role on the moon. Players will expend oxygen at around one point per second, and can can replenish it with “ozkits” found on enemies and in the environments, or by resting in visible oxygen bubbles. The moon also means low gravity, which will affect how your character moves while traversing the landscape. Luckily, the development team is giving characters an oxygen fueled jetpack to help them quickly move around.
Of course, low gravity and oxygen doesn’t just affect player characters, it also influences enemies. A big enough blast will knock enemies out of orbit sending them hurtling into space and cracking an enemy’s helmet means that they can no longer take in oxygen and will slowly suffocate to death.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is in development at 2K Australia, with help from Gearbox Software. The game has apparently been in development since March 2013.