Borderlands developer Gearbox has announced long-awaited Borderlands 3. The studio shared the news during a panel at PAX East 2019.
At the moment, we don’t know much more about the game. The initial announcement suggests that this will be more of a nostalgic outing than a step forward for the series, including a crew of new Vault Hunters, tons of weapons, myriad locations, plenty of familiar faces, and tons of loot. Enemies include the usual mutants, mechs, robots, and the fan-favorite psychos. Oh, and there’s a silly, dancing Claptrap, of course.
There are some questions concerning whether or not this will be a Borderlands game in the style of the first three games in the series (which is to say single-player adventures that emphasize co-op play) or if Borderlands 3 will go all-out and embrace the world of online multiplayer. Titles like Destiny and Anthem certainly borrow many of the loot shooter concepts that made the Borderlands series infamous, so it wouldn’t be that surprising if Gearbox introduced “games as a service” elements to Borderlands. We expect to see a few new features, especially since it’s been five years since the last installment.
Gearbox has also revealed the insane box cover art for the game, which is pretty biblical:
Here’s everything else we know about the game:
Borderlands 3 Release Date
Borderlands 3 will arrive on Sept. 13, 2019. It’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
Borderlands 3 Trailers
The latest trailer out of Gamescom 2019 confirmed Borderlands 3 is coming to Google Stadia. Watch it below:
And here’s the trailer that premiered at E3 2019! Watch it below:
Here are all the other trailers revealed thus far:
Borderlands 3 Gameplay
The Borderlands 3 gameplay livestream event revealed a few new details about the game.
First off, Borderlands 3‘s action should be much smoother than it was in previous installments thanks to the additions of sliding and mantle mechanics. These new mechanics make it much easier to navigate the game’s various worlds and help make fights look and feel more cinematic.
Speaking of quality of life improvements, weapons now feature an overall score that makes it that much easier to tell whether or not what you’re picking up is better than what you’re holding. This doesn’t seem to greatly impact weapons that have unique abilities, so there’s still plenty of room to build your character without going for the strictly best weapon available.
Building your character will also be much more interesting this time around thanks to the addition of multiple action skills for each character. Every character in the game will start with three unlockable action skills but more action skills will become available based on what you decide to devote resources to. Guns are also now much more dynamic than before thanks to the addition of an alternate fire mode to certain guns. Oh, and you’re now able to reload your guns at vending machines with a single button press.
We also got a look at the new scaling system which helps ensure that weapons and enemies scale better with the individual player. It even works in co-op where each player will now be able to pick up their own version of each weapon that drops rather than fight over it with their teammates. For those who wish, though, there will be an option to revert these systems back to how they worked in Borderlands 1 and 2.
There was also the big reveal of the new Sanctuary 3 spaceship which will not only serve as your flying hub for the game but will allow you to easily navigate between multiple planets. This spaceship comes loaded with customizable rooms as well as distractions like a mini-casino area.
Finally, Gearbox confirmed that there will be campaign DLC released for Borderlands 3 but it will otherwise not feature any microtransactions.
Borderlands 3 Characters
Borderlands 3 features a whole new cast of characters to choose from. Gearbox has provided a breakdown of each…
Moze as THE GUNNER: When Moze needs backup, she distracts her mech – Iron Bear – for a sucker punch of additional firepower.
Amara as THE SIREN: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara used her Siren powers to smash her enemies.
FL4K as THE BEASTMASTER: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers.
Zane as THE OPERATIVE: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.
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