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What is Borderlands the Pre-Sequel?
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is an upcoming first-person shooter video game being developed by 2K Australia with assistance from Gearbox Software and to be published by 2K Games. It is the third game in the Borderlands series, and a prequel to the 2,012 game Borderlands 2. It is expected to be released for personal computers running Linux or Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 14 October 2,014. The rumored existence of the game was first reported on 7 April 2,014, and it was officially announced two days later on 9 April 2,014.
Similarly to previous Borderlands titles, the game combines FPS gameplay with mechanics common to role-playing video games (such as quests, character building and randomly generated "loot"), and collaborative multiplayer campaign gameplay. The storyline of The Pre-Sequel focus on four playable characters—all of whom were NPCs or enemies in previous Borderlands games, working as henchmen for Handsome Jack, the antagonist of Borderlands 2.
The plot will follow Handsome Jack's descent into villainy, focusing on his escape and capture of the Hyperion company's base on Pandora's moon Elpis. The game will expand upon the engine and gameplay of Borderlands 2 and introduce new gameplay mechanics, including low-gravity environments, freeze weapons, and oxygen tanks which can be used to navigate environments and perform special attacks.
The storyline of The Pre-Sequel will focus on Handsome Jack and his attempt to escape from his exile on Elpis, the moon of Pandora, and capture the Hyperion Corporation's moonbase for himself. The main characters - Athena, Wilhelm, Nisha, and Claptrap - will begin the game as henchmen of Handsome Jack. Jack himself will have "morally good intentions" at the beginning of the story, but will slowly transform into the "horrific, evil villain he is in Borderlands 2 that seems to have enjoyed cutting people's eyeballs out with a spoon."
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has stated that the game's plot would explore how villains "can be morally ambiguous, doing possibly bad things for the right reasons and then have that reflect what [Handsome Jack] is doing. There are several quests in the game where literally the only narrative purpose they exist for is to show you that the bad guy you're fighting is not actually a horrible person."
The story will be told in the form of flashbacks, at some time after Borderlands 2, with Athena acting as the narrator. Other characters in the series will often chime in and comment on the story, including Tiny Tina, who is said to "narrate" alongside Athena during the player's second playthrough.