Game News Battleborn adds 26th Hero, a Do-Gooder Robot Called Kid Ultra

Battleborn, the hero-based action game developed by Gearbox Software, is getting a brand-new character called Kid Ultra. He's playable now for Season Pass and Digital Deluxe owners, and will be available to everyone else from November 3.

"Originally designed for childcare missions, weaponless yet equipped with thousands of cartoons and comics hardwired in his databanks to entertain children, Kid Ultra came online just as Magna Carta, the LLC's governing AI suddenly went dark, providing the newly fabricated robot without executable code," publisher 2K explained in a press release.

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"The only source of actionable information in his brain was the library of entertainment intended for placating and educating youngsters. When the Battleborn found Kid Ultra ineffectually acting out his programming of a comic book 'good guy' without armament, Nova and Kleese outfitted him with both an arsenal and a team at his back. Kid Ultra was finally the hero he wanted to be. He was a Battleborn."

On the battlefield, Kid Ultra can support other heroes by buffing them or healing them. He's also equipped with a number of abilities that are handy for "pacifying" enemies. Take a look at them below.

  • Rocket Gauntlet: Loaded with six quick-fire rockets that detonate on impact.
  • Rocket Vortext: Fire up to three rockets in a tight spiral.
  • Support Drone: Deploy a healing drone to follow a target ally, temporarily increasing their maximum health and healing them over time. Max two drones at once.
  • Bola Snare: Fire bolas that pass through units and slow any enemies in its path.
  • (Ultimate) To The Rescue: Activate to enter hover-mode and increase mobility. Deactivate to exit hover-mode, provide a burst of health to yourself and nearly allies, and push back enemies.
  • (Passive) Aura of Justice: Participating in kills boosts nearly allies' damage for a limited time.

For those that don't have access to Kid Ultra through the Season Pass or the Deluxe Edition, he will be purchasable for 47,500 in-game credits.

On October 13, Battleborn received a big influx of new content, including a story operation, Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion, and a new competitive mode called Face-Off. You can read about them, and other recent content additions, here.

A a recent report claimed Battleborn was switching to a free-to-play business model. This may not be the case, however, though Gearbox could offer a free version.