Borderlands Online first teaser, closed beta on January 23

Gearbox Software's new shooter Borderlands Online has a first trailer (thanks 2P) in anticipation for the Chinese beta which begins on January 23 and runs until January 27.  Borderlands Online's closed beta is expected to feature three towns (Howling Town, Union City, Metropolitan) and four classes (Soldier, Hunter, Siren and Berserker), which apparently are gender-locked. There will be a level 36 cap and 22 dungeons, as well as PvP (two modes: Last Man Standing and Team vs. Team).

Borderlands Online is said to have over 2.000 weapons in five categories: Assault Rifle (Soldier), Sniper Rifle (Hunter), Shotgun (Berserker), Submachine Gun (Siren) and Pistol (all classes).

This isn't a true open world MMO, instead being heavily instance-based – Borderlands Online has towns that work as hubs and from there players will enter instances, pretty much as in Dragon Nest and Vindictus.

Borderlands Online is a China-exclusive game published by Shanda Games and it's likely that it will stay that way.


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  • Jacob Gipson

    This is rather depressing.

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  • Vince

    Looks good! Good for China; we have 3 Borderlands already and I’m sure a fourth is on the way once 2K Marin gets their “next gen” engine up and running. Its awesome of 2K to spread out the franchise and to adapt to the region.

    Though I do wonder – is this one of those instances where a Chinese developer is adapting the properly with a high-quality production for their own market under license from a publisher (like with Civ Online or Monster Hunter Online), or is 2K Marin involved in any way? Seeing Mark McDonagh in the video implies that there is western help going on… I’m just curious.

    It definitely looks like Shanda Games and 2K China have a handle on it regardless though! Just wish the footage was smoother; looking a little choppy in the trailer, though I’m sure it’ll be optimized in the future. Enjoy it China!

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    • freemmostation

      Enjoy it China… But please share it sometime with the rest of the world 🙂

      Not sure how involved 2K actually is, or more importantly, Gearbox. It feels like they’re doing this kinda low profile instead of putting full resources to a Borderlands MMO, but hey, I may be wrong. 🙂

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