The deep synth pad from M83’s “My Tears Are Becoming A Sea” fills the air with an ethereal sound in this new trailer (below) for an upcoming video game. We watch a strange winged creature land on the ground just in time for a lithe foot to strike nearby. It’s a elf-like warrior archer, and she’s running for her life.
Saved by a golden steampunk robot character, the archer gets up and re-takes her place in the battle against hordes of robotic enemies, alongside a bunch of other heroes, including a blood-red dual-sword-wielding elf-dude with long hair as well as a massive dude with a gigantic gatling gun, like something out of Team Fortress 2.
All of this takes place in cinematic-styled slow motion, with M83’s music as the perfect match to the trailer’s action. “This is something to take seriously,” the trailer seems to say. “This is a game you’ll want to play.”
This is Battleborn, the upcoming “hero-shooter” from 2K games and Gearbox Software, the publisher/developer team behind the highly-successful Borderlands series.
If you’re familiar with the Massively Online Battle Arena genre, or MOBA, you’ll recognize the hinted-at game play above: a team of heroes, battling minions and each other in a large area.
2K says different, however.
“Battleborn is not a MOBA, in fact it’s far from it. As the term hero-shooter implies, Battleborn is first and foremost a first-person shooter,” a 2K Games representative told VentureBeat. “It’s heavily inspired by lots of genres, not least of which are character-centric games like the ones you mentioned, as well as fighting games, hence the ‘hero’ in hero-shooter. Players are going to experience a ton of other influences, especially from genres like RPG [role-playing games], RTS [real-time strategy], and fighting games.”
That may all be true, but free-to-play MOBAs are all the rage right now, making a ton of money for their publishers and developers, with Riot Games (League of Legends), Valve (Dota 2), and even EA (Dawngate) getting into the act.
Whether this will prove to be a shooter-focused battle-arena game or something even more crazy of a mashup, the sci-fi visuals sure have us panting for more. Battleborn is set to release sometime in the 2016 fiscal year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.