Borderlands 2 Prequel Rumored for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

If internet rumors are to be believed, we could soon be playing a prequel to Borderlands 2.

According to a post on, the upcoming shooter is set between the events of Borderlands 1 and 2. Supposedly developed by 2K Australia in conjunction with Gearbox Software, this game could explain why Gearbox President Randy Pitchford recently said that Gearbox hadn’t begun any work on Borderlands 3.

The story reportedly involves a younger Handsome Jack (still going by the name of John) and his pursuit of a powerful alien artifact. Set on the H-shaped Hyperion moon base, and on Elpis, the nearby moon, the game will apparently cast the player as one of Jack’s four lieutenants: Athena The Gladiator, Wilhelm The Enforcer, Nisha The Lawbringer and Fragtrap, a militarized claptrap. Some of those names may be familiar to fans of the series, as Wilhelm showed up as an opponent in Borderlands 2, and Athena appeared in the General Knoxx DLC for Borderlands 1.

The article also describes two new classes of guns: laser weapons and Cryo weapons – think freeze and shatter. Furthermore, the moon of Elpis is said to sport reduced gravity, which opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities if true (think shooting someone into orbit – literally). Another interesting claim is that the game will require players to manage their oxygen supply – not only by monitoring it, but by looting canisters of the precious gas.

Obviously, we can confirm none of this, although we have reached out to 2K to get their take on it. While the idea of a Borderlands game set on the moon over Pandora sounds cool, I’m skeptical that 2K and Gearbox would invest lots of time and money into a game that isn’t targeted at next-gen systems. Then again, it’s about time for something from the Borderlands universe, so who knows?

Strauss Zelnick, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is the head of ZelnickMedia, an investor in both Take-Two and Defy Media, LLC, our parent company. This article was published without approval or consent of ZelnickMedia or Take-Two.

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1 Comment on Borderlands 2 Prequel Rumored for PC, PS3, Xbox 360


On April 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Athena was an Atlas Assassin in the General Knoxx DLC, so if she’s in the story, they’d have to make her a double-agent. Wouldn’t surprise me, but still I’m never a huge fan of changes like that.