Battleborn launch trailer features shooting, stabbing, and dancing

The universe is fading to black, its stars snuffed out, one by one, by a force of pure, mad malevolence. All have fallen—all but one. And now it comes to this. To you. The final line is drawn. Here, and now, is where hope lives or dies. Now let's dance!  

No one can accuse 2K of taking Battleborn too seriously, which is probably appropriate given that its story-lite lineup includes a “space luchadore” whose arms were ripped out in his last match and what appears to be a sentient penguin piloting a battlemech. Even the breakdown of the skeletal plot upon which all of the shooting and stabbing is hung has a certain ring of “Yeah, whatever” to it.  

“Some interdimensional jackholes and a traitorous scumbag have been taking stars. WHOLE STARS,” the YouTube description explains. “And have left us to fend for the scraps. It’s time to take up arms and defend Solus, the very last star in the universe. You were born for this!”  

As a “need-to-know,” that's pretty thin, and so I will direct your attention (after you're doing enjoying the trailer) to our March hands-on with Battleborn's Incursion Mode for a better look at what it's all about. Battleborn comes out on May 3.  

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.