Kind of a full-fledged sequel more than anything else, the Pre-Sequel (yes, that’s the real name) will tell the tale of Handsome Jack’s rise to power over Pandora and take place on the lonely world’s moon.
This is shaping up to be a pretty big year for Gearbox and 2K Games’ FPS/RPG hybrid. Not only will Borderlands 2 be arriving for the PS Vita (along with the new hardware revision of the console) this May, but the series will also be getting a prequel that’s also a sequel in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
If you watched the trailer above, then you saw a very excited Randy Pitchford (that’s unusual) and 2K Australia’s general manager Tony Lawrence talking about the game. The Pre-Sequel is set in between the two already existing Borderlands games and focus on four new heroes (one of whom is ClapTrap) and the rise of series villain Handsome Jack.
Interesting to note is that the game won’t be appearing on next-gen consoles at all (well, not now anyway) and will only be coming for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC when it arrives this Autumn. Pitchford says that the reason for this is pretty simple; there’s not enough of an install base out there yet to dedicate the resources for development.
The studio head then went on to say that he thought that by the “third or fourth Christmas” there would be enough of a next-gen gaming fan-base to warrant a Borderlands installment, which is quite a ways off. That seems like kind of a short-sighted approach to me, but what can you do- looks like it’ll be the Xbox 360 and PS3 for fans of the series for the foreseeable future.