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Two Borderlands characters boogie over to Dance Central Spotlight

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Dance Central Spotlight, the Xbox One dance game from Harmonix, now boasts two additional playable characters who hail from, of all places, the Borderlands universe, the studio announced today during Gearbox Software's PAX East 2015 panel.

Nisha the Lawbringer and Claptrap, both of whom appear in Borderlands 2 and are playable in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, are the newest dancers in Harmonix's Kinect-based music title. Dance Central Spotlight players can unlock the characters right now by entering a cheat code: XXXXX or YYYYY on the character select screen.

"You still have to do the legs; he's just not going to help you with them," said Harmonix's Jessa Brezinski, explaining the difficulty of playing as Claptrap.

This collaboration between Harmonix and Gearbox began last year. A Pre-Sequel trailer released last June featured a "moon dance break" that "Harmonix helped create," according to a tweet from the Borderlands Twitter account. You can see text messages below between Nick Chester, a publicist for Harmonix, and Gearbox's Mikey Neumann that date back to the genesis of this character crossover.

Dance Central Spotlight was released last September, while The Pre-Sequel debuted in October.

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