Borderlands Online – New official game details emerge from China

Announced back in December, Shanda Games recently revealed more details for its upcoming online shooter, Borderlands Online. An officially-licensed PC online shooter, Borderlands Online will begin its Technical Test from 23rd to 27th January. The storyline stays pretty much the same, where players are lured by the riches of planet Pandora, though guided by a mysterious female voice as well… What unique adventures await?

There are four starting classes to choose from, being the Soldier, Hunter, Siren and Berserker. And yes, the classes are apparently gender locked. Each of them has his or her own signature set of skills and weapons. Let us take a brief look at these classes below.

1. Soldier can summon a mobile turret which can attack and cover players;

2. Hunter has a flying drone which will mark and weaken the target which will take more damage;

3. Siren can unleash a small flame bird which will slow and burn target; and finally,

4. Berserker’s roar can cause him to regenerate HP fast and cause his attack speed to increase greatly.

What is Borderlands without guns? With “over 2,000” touted, there are five main categories – Assault Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Shotgun, Submachine Gun and Pistol. Sadly, each type is actually tied to a specific character class seen above. The pairing goes like this – Soldier with Assault Rife, Hunter with Sniper Rifle, Siren with Submachine Gun and Berserker with Shotgun. Pistols will be a common weapon for all. What are your thoughts on this system?

Contrary to the “normal” settings found in the original Borderland game, there is no open world in Borderlands Online. Players will have to enter instances from each town (currently three towns), pretty much like Dragon Nest’s system. Currently, each town has 6 instances, making a total of 18 instances available. Despite the change, players can still expect intense shoot and loot action, with monsters and bosses unique to Borderlands Online.

Player vs Player (PVP) will be available in the Technical Test for players looking to battle against each other. Two modes are being prepared, which are the familiar Last Man Standing (last player to survive wins) or Team vs Team. Other features in Borderlands Online include gathering materials for crafting, altering the bonuses of guns, quests system, and even a guild function. I am guessing raids or mounts are next? Stay tuned!