Developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games recently announced Borderlands 3, dropping a whole lot of info into our laps in the form of a panel at PAX East last week and a press release made yesterday. Borderlands 3 will be the latest instalment in Gearbox’s highly successful signature franchise, and hopefully the studio’s return to greatness after a string of failed projects.
So let’s dive into the original announcement at PAX East 2019. Last week at their PAX panel, Gearbox revealed that Borderlands 3 was indeed a thing and that it was currently in development. Few details were shared about the project initially but a trailer was shown alongside the reveal that depicted some new characters, some returning characters, and plenty of gameplay footage. The series’ trademark aesthetic and its wonderful action-packed silliness are back, and at several points throughout the trailer Gearbox breaks down the fourth wall to tempt us back in for another jaunt across the Borderlands.
It is abundantly clear that Gearbox are taking the stance of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” with Borderlands 3, which is absolutely fine. In the past, many a beloved franchise has been marred by ambitious remodelling that wasn’t entirely necessary – often cited as the “need” for that franchise to “continue to evolve.”
After Battleborn’s unfortunate lack of success and the abject horror that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, I can’t blame Gearbox for wanting to play it safe with Borderlands 3.
That said, the game’s new protagonists and antagonists are a welcome addition and a good way to refresh the narrative, whilst the return of many notable NPCs helps to keep Borderlands 3 grounded in its roots. This time around players will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of locales and biomes as well, which is a breath of fresh air.
The second Borderlands 3 announcement from Gearbox delivered the goods and answered many of the burning questions left on the minds of fans after the PAX reveal. Most notably release date and platform details.
Borderlands 3 will be available for purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC from 13th September 2019.
The PC version of the game will be an Epic Games Store exclusive initially, but will be available on “additional PC digital storefronts” from April 2020.
Alongside this information Gearbox and 2K released another trailer, this time focusing specifically on the new gang of Vault Hunters we’ll get to play as and their nemeses – the Calypso Twins. As with the other Borderlands games, each of the vault hunters is a specialised class with its own unique gadgets and abilities suited to various play styles. Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, and Zane the Operative.
Borderlands 3 will also see the return of seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op, but with an upgrade. Thanks to a new level synching system, all enemies in the game will scale to each player’s respective level, meaning anyone can jump into anyone else’s game without having to worry about their level or story mission progress.
Four editions of Borderlands 3 will be available for purchase:
The Standard Edition.
The Deluxe Edition, which will include some bonus digital content including 3 cosmetic packs, the Toy Box weapon pack, and mods that boost XP gain and loot drop rates.
The Super Deluxe Edition, which comes will all of the same bonus content as the Deluxe Edition AND the Borderlands 3 Season Pass. The Season Pass includes four campaign DLC expansions as well as an exclusive “Butt Stallion” cosmetic pack.
And lastly the Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition, which contains a multitude of goodies both physical and digital. In addition to the base game, the Season Pass, and all the digital bonus content, you can expect to receive:
- A Diamond Loot Chest Replica
- Ten Borderlands 3 character figurines, including the four new Vault Hunters, the Calypso Twins, and other characters from the Borderlands universe.
- A Sanctuary 3 snap model.
- Four Vault Key keychains.
- A Cloth galaxy map.
- Five Character art lithographs starring the new Vault Hunters and the Calypso Twins.
- A Borderlands 3 Steelbook case.
The last numbered instalment in the franchise was Borderlands 2 back in 2012, we’ve had a couple of other adventures since then (namely Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Tales From The Borderlands) but it’s about time fans were treated to a true sequel, and Borderlands 3 is shaping up to be just that. More info about the game is set to drop on May 1st 2019.