Gearbox Software’s announcement of Battleborn heroes Kleese and El Dragón marks the full unveiling of the game’s 25-character cast, just as we move a month closer to its 3 May release date.
Kleese clearly aced his mannerism classes at Villainy 101. Perpetually ensconced in a hovering throne, the elderly mad scientist can be seen stroking either his white goatee or a virtual cat. With no lackeys to boss around, the bald genius relies instead on his engineering prowess.
Armed with a rapid-firing wrist cannon and a shield-stripping shock taser, Kleese can also lay down mortar fire, restore allies’ shields, and toss out miniature black holes.
While clearly capable of holding things on his own, Kleese’s large size and skillset position him as a great support character. Being able to rapidly deny enemy movement (or outright kill them all) will undoubtedly be a godsend at checkpoints or contested zones.
If all that science and leather upholstery is too highbrow for your tastes, then perhaps a space luchador can better rock your world.
El Dragón had both his arms ripped off by a rogue AI during a championship match, but all that did was give him an excuse to have cybernetic arms.
The champion wrestler — you can tell by the tiny floating crown — adopts the simple life goal of running towards your enemies and hitting them in the face. Iconic wrestling moves such as clotheslines and frog splashes complement his punching repertoire, and when things get a little hairy El Dragón can go “En Fuego” to supercharge his attacks.
There’s always room for a well-timed berserk charge to truly mess up your enemy’s plans, and honestly, who better to play the role than a space luchador?
And don’t forget that there’ll be a story mode too, which can be tackled either alone, with up to four others online, or through 2-player split screen on consoles.
Battleborn releases on May 3 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Mushroom healing is best healing.