Borderlands’ Creators Are Making A First-Person MOBA

Borderlands’ Creators Are Making A First-Person MOBA

The next big game from Gearbox is Battleborn, a first-person multiplayer game that appears to be their take on the MOBA genre. It will be out for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Here’s the first trailer:

Gearbox announced the game through this month’s issue of Game Informer, and they’re promising more information in the GI cover story. Here’s the press release from publisher 2K:

2K and Gearbox Software — the genre-fusing masters behind the award-winning and best-selling Borderlands franchise — today announced that their next big original IP, Battleborn is in development for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Affectionately called a hero-shooter by the dev team, Battleborn combines frenetic first-person shooting with co-operative combat, and an expansive collection of diverse heroes to create an experience unlike anything you’ve played before. Set in a distant future, the only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors who must put aside their differences to drive back an unstoppable menace. Players choose from a myriad of powerful heroes and fight together alongside their friends in a narrative-driven co-operative campaign, or battle against them in fast-paced competitive multiplayer matches.

Are you ready for a Gearbox-developed first-person MOBA?


  • Really? Gaming needs a new fantasy MOBA like it needs a new brown colored, modern warfare, cover based, multiplayer focused FPS!

    • Off the top of my head, there’s only one other first-person MOBA I can think of (Smite) and this one is being developed for consoles.

    • I lold at this because you have a good point, but as matt also states there really isn’t much MOBA for consoles let alone them being first person.

      That said – gaming companies are recycling ideas a bit too quickly for my liking these days.

          • Its a 3rd Person shooter 5 v 5 with different classes and bots that travel down lanes – only the bots can destroy the objective so you have to escort your bots and destroy the opposition’s – I understand this is the same general principal as a MOBA

    • …fantasy MOBA…Fantasy! Now with more robots, miniguns, rifles, lasers, power armour, laser swords, rockets, mechanical creatures and bowler hats.

    • I think some people forget that gaming companies are also businesses. If you look at the big games at the moment, what’s making money is MOBA titles. I think this a good move for gearbox and hopefully the money they make on battleborn will give them confidence to make a new IP that’s a bit more crazy. I’m sick of seeing game IPs being recycled over and over again (COD, assassins creed comes to mind).

  • Gearbox, welcome to the mainstream hum-drum,
    Please leave your creativity and innovation at the gate, it is not welcome here

  • I actually like the idea of a 3rd or 1st person MOBA. I’m sick of the same old top down formula.
    I hope Heroes of the Storm can reinvigorate these games for me but if not, it would need something different.
    I think making it 1st or 3rd person changes the game immensely. More like a counterstrike with mobs and special powers…. could be interesting.

    Edit: after watching the video it looks like it could be very similar to wildstar. Perhaps wildstar should make a DOTA style pvp mode…

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