Gearbox Software announced its long-awaited sequel, Borderlands 3, back in March at PAX East 2019 in Boston, MA, and since then, numerous teasers and trailers have popped up revealing the insanity that is to come.
There will be new planets to visit, Vault Hunters to play, bloodshed to shed, over a billion guns, and even guns with legs that hurl verbal insults as they chase their enemies.
New and Improved Vault Hunters!
It’s not another Borderlands game without new Vault Hunters, and as shown in the new trailer, we can get a hint of what they are in action.
If guns and destruction are your thing, Moze: The Gunner, is the one for you, and by far the fiercest. Moze has a mech that goes by the Iron Bear, for when two guns aren’t enough.
FL4K, as the robot in the group, seems to love his animals and uses them to prey on the many bandits in Borderlands. It’s fitting that they call him The Beastmaster.
Amara is the latest Siren in the group who can summon, what looks like, several fists at once to perform a ground slam knocking opponents away. As far as Siren’s go, she has serious competition, but I don’t know … can the others summon fists?
Lastly, the character we need in every game, Zane: The Operative, is an eye patch wearing, shoot first ask questions later, all around balanced character. Like Axton: The Commando from Borderlands 2, Zane specializes in gadgets used for battle, but is just more ninja-esque on doing so. In the trailer, it appears he has a drone spawn from his arm, and if my assumptions are right, it probably has a gun on it.
According to the Borderlands 3 fact sheet, “Discover new worlds beyond Pandora, each featuring unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Tear through hostile deserts, battle your way across war-torn cityscapes, navigate deadly bayous, and more!”
There are only so much two games can cover on Pandora, but with what Gearbox Software has done, these new worlds should be just as expansive. There seems to be more buildings, people, monsters, and just more life into the desert set world.
The Calypso twins are the new villains of the story since, SPOILER ALERT, you killed Handsome Jack in the last game. These twins look like they mean serious business and even have an army.
It’s also worth noting that in one of the scenes in the trailer, Lilith, another Siren from the first Borderlands, seems not to have her powers. Could the twins have a way of harnessing a Siren’s powers? I guess we’ll see.
A Family Reunion
Expect everyone from Lilith, Maya, Brick, Mordecai, Zer0, Moxxi, Tiny Tina, Marcus, Ellie, Sir Hammerlock, Rhys, from Tales from the Borderlands, and yes, even Claptrap to show up. A family reunion you want to be present for!
Borderlands 3 Multiplayer
Seemingly sticking to its 4-player co-op online or couch (but of course no couch on PC) Gearbox Software is also looking into Cross-play with other systems but is yet to be confirmed.
Players will no longer compete for the best loot anymore as everyone will get their own loot drops; however, there will be an option to switch to the original loot system back in Borderlands 2. You know, if you hate yourself.
There was also mention of a system that allows players at different levels to play with each other, as Scott Kester, Art Director at Gearbox Software, wrote in a letter on the PlayStation.Blog, “Regardless of your respective levels or mission progress, you and your friends can play together online or on the couch.”
So, When Does It Release?
Borderlands 3 will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Sept. 13, while the PC release will be on the Epic Games Store exclusively for six months, with the Standard Edition being $60, Deluxe Edition is $80, Super Deluxe is $100, and the Collector’s Edition at a whopping $250.
It’s about time a new Borderlands sequel comes out, and Gearbox Software certainly doesn’t look to disappoint. They are giving the fans exactly what they wanted: more insanity, more story, and over a billion guns. Loot will never be the same.