Borderlands' vault hunters may appear in Gearbox's new FPS/MOBA Battleborn as playable characters, the developer has teased, although whether they'll be available at launch remains to be seen.

"I won't say that we haven't talked about [including vault hunters]," said creative director Randy Varnell discussing the new IP in the latest issue of Game Informer, "but it's really important that Battleborn is its own universe first and that it has its own tone and its own style and that it can grow its legs.

"But it is a universe. It's a vast universe with who knows what. It's set way, way in the future and so I can't say that [vault hunter characters] would never happen..."

Battleborn was revealed yesterday and is said to combine the fast-levelling/minion-battling elements of a MOBA with first-person gunplay.

And as with any other MOBA, plenty of playable characters are set to feature: Gearbox expects to have around 20 available at launch with further characters released as DLC.

Battleborn releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2015.

Source: Game Informer | August 2014