Gearbox reveals three new Battleborn heroes

Whiskey Kelvin Shayne

Gearbox has unveiled three new Heroes who will join the fray in its upcoming "hero shooter" Battleborn: an “offbeat and imperfect facsimile of a soldier” named Whiskey Foxtrot, a massive ice golem called Kelvin, and Shayne & Aurox, an angsty teenage girl who's somehow become bonded with a mean-looking alien.

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Whiskey Foxtrot packs a homemade tactical rifle as his primary weapon, backed up with sticky bombs and a “scrap cannon,” and uses his “combat rhythm” to get a boost to his attack damage after killing an enemy. Kelvin, despite appearances, is in fact a “sentient microorganism civilization” that's taken the shape of a massive golem, and appropriately can use its massive fists to strike the ground for area-effect damage. Shayne & Aurox are a nasty blend of stealth and brute force, as they can move invisibly behind a deployable cloak and unleash surprise strikes from just about anywhere.

Battleborn is set to come out on May 3, but you can get a closer look at what's in store at the PC Gamer Weekender, which will take place over the March 5-6 weekend in London. Creative Director Randy Varnell will be there as well, to discuss the creation of the game and how Gearbox is bringing new elements to traditional FPS design.

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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.