News this week: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Announced, The Last of Us coming to the PS4
The Borderlands series will be continuing this fall. Online game retailer GamePointsNow reported today that 2K Australia are developing a new game called Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for last-gen consoles, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Unfortunately the report is currently unable to be linked to.
2K Australia is taking over development duties from Gearbox Software, who previously developed Borderlands in 2009 and Borderlands 2 more recently in 2012; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set in between the previous games hence the subtitle.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will take place on Pandora’s Moon and will feature four new playable characters including the Fragtrap, a militarized version of the Claptrap character from previous games. The new characters will be fighting alongside Handsome Jack, the dastardly villain from Borderlands 2. The game will depict Handsome Jack’s rise to power and explore his origin story.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will feature low-gravity gameplay due to the lunar setting and includes a new cryo elemental effect. The game is being written by several writers, including Anthony Burch of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? fame, who was also the head writer for Borderlands 2.
2K Australia previously worked with Irrational Games on BioShock Infinite, which was released last year, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be 2K Australia’s first full game on their own.
This isn’t the only Borderlands game planned for this year, Gearbox Software announced at the VGX 2013 last December that they were teaming up with The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us developer Telltale Games to create an episodic game series called Tales from the Borderlands, which has a first episode scheduled to release sometime later this year.
After much speculation, The Last of Us is officially coming to the PS4. Sony announced The Last of Us Remastered on the Playstation Blog today. The game will be available exclusively for the Playstation 4 and is packaged with all downloadable content including the short single-player expansion Left Behind, which was released Feb. 14.
The remastered version of the hit PS3 exclusive, seemingly takes a cue from Crystal Dynamics, who released Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition for current-gen consoles the Xbox One and Playstation 4 earlier this year.
According to the Playstation Blog, The Last of Us Remastered will improve on the PS3 version with 1080p resolution, improved lighting and upgraded textures along with many other improvements.
Speculation on a PS4 port of The Last of Us skyrocketed in late-March after a Sony employee told Turkish CNN that a PS4 version of The Last of Us was in development.
Sony later denied this, telling Eurogamer: “At no time have we announced that The Last of Us is coming to PS4 and therefore, have nothing to say on the subject.”
The game features new box art which prominently states the game having won over 200 Game of the Year awards. The Last of Us Remastered will also feature several pre-order bonuses including unlockable skins for Joel and Ellie, bonus XP in the multiplayer mode and new upgrades for the single-player mode. The game is scheduled to release this Summer though no price has been announced.