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Gearbox's Battleborn hits February 2016, four new heroes revealed at Gamescom

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Gearbox Software's new first-person shooter, Battleborn, is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Feb. 9, 2016, publisher 2K Games announced today. The companies also revealed four new heroes coming to the game — which promises 25 playable characters in all — at Gamescom 2015.

In addition to those new announcements, Gearbox released a new trailer that highlights Battleborn's sundry modes and playable options, which includes five-player co-op and competitive multiplayer for up to 10 players. Read Polygon's E3 preview of the game for more on Battleborn.

Battleborn's newly revealed heroes are Benedict, Mellka, Ambra and Reyna.


Here are the official descriptions for each of the four new heroes.

  • Benedict: August Benedict Jr. is one of several surviving races of bird-like "Aviant" refugees. He swore allegiance to the Peacekeepers where he's gained considerable notoriety for being a self-centered jerk that's capable of astounding destruction with his rocket launcher. Double jumping, rocket jumping, and flying - Benedict's good at all of them and he lets his teammates know it.
  • Mellka: A stealthy assassin, Mellka lost her parents at a young age before eventually earning her place among the Eldrid's black op's and intelligence bureau. Her life has been defined by a series of staggering losses, but her response to these losses was never despair - it was fury. She strikes quickly, disorienting foes with her nerve gas machine pistol and bio-glaive melee attacks.
  • Ambra: Born into an ancient order of priestesses responsible for discovering a way to prolong life indefinitely, Ambra was betrayed by her leader and her faction, the Jennerit Empire, and now fights alongside the Battleborn. She is a specialist hero, dealing damage up close through her melee attacks and powerful abilities, while healing her allies in the process.
  • Reyna: Known by her followers as "The Valkyrie," Reyna was born aboard the Rogue faction's ailing junk heap of a flagship and is a native to the last star system. Reyna has fought tirelessly for the freedom of her space pirate comrades, finding her calling as their inspirational leader. She dishes damage with her laser pistol and uses her command glove to support her teammates.

You can watch more than 20 minutes of Battleborn gameplay in the video below.

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