Today at PlayStation Experience 2015, Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford jumped on stage to give attendees a first look at one of the oddest, cutest and most fearsome playable heroes you’ve yet to see in a game: a penguin… in a hulking mech suit. Because Battleborn.
Here’s a wrap up of all the Battleborn announcements if you missed the keynote this morning.
What is Battleborn?
Set in the distant future, Battleborn is a next-gen shooter from the creators of Borderlands featuring a tremendous band of 25 unique heroes in a fight to protect the universe’s very last star from a mysterious evil.
Battleborn will have a narrative-driven story mode that can be played online solo or cooperatively with up to five players. In addition, there will be three action-packed online competitive multiplayer modes with 10 players in 5v5 matches. Players can also progress their own player profile Command Rank as well as the Character Rank for each and every Battleborn hero.
Open Beta Coming in 2016
Start sharpening your swords and loading those miniguns, the Battleborn Open Beta is coming next year to PS4.
Don’t forget, PS4 players get early access during the upcoming Open Beta and as a special thank you to all those PS4 players who participate in the Open Beta, we announced today that they will receive a bonus 26th Battleborn hero* after the game launches on May 3rd, 2016.
To qualify for and redeem the bonus reward, PS4 players must login to their purchased version of Battleborn using the same SHiFT account they played with during the Open Beta.
Introducing Toby, the Destroyer
The 16th Battleborn hero, Toby, may look like a huggable little penguin ready to march off some arctic shelf — but don’t underestimate this angry engineering genius. After being rejected by the Peacekeepers faction for being “too cute to fight,” Toby’s typical mild-mannered temperament turned to anger. He channeled that rage into constructing a grotesque and insanely powerful mechanized suit and joined the Rogue faction in the fight to save the last star.
You’ll get your chance to try Toby for the first time on PS4 during the Open Beta.
Head over to Battleborn.com for more information on Toby and the other 15 revealed Battleborn heroes.
Digital Pre-order Available Today on PS4
Today we announced that Battleborn is available today for digital pre-order on PS4. Adorn your heroes in golden character skins when you pre-order Battleborn and get the Firstborn Pack, which includes skins for Thorn, Reyna, Montana, Marquis, and Rath!
*Toby is the 16th playable hero out of the 25 heroes available at launch. He is not the currently unannounced 26th playable hero available after the game launches on May 3rd, 2016.