Gearbox Officially Announces Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 has finally been announced! After a number of teasing tweets from developer Gearbox, a formal trailer was shown at PAX East, showing off some of the new characters, environments, and guns making their way to the next entry in the shoot ‘n’ loot franchise.
The first trailer for Borderlands 3 features many familiar elements from the series: a four-person team of Vault Hunters, “over one billion guns,” big mechs, series mascot Claptrap busting a move, cel-shaded graphics, and vast areas in which to shoot and loot. And there are plenty of familiar faces from throughout the Borderlands franchise; Brick, Lilith, Maya, Mordecai, Ellie, Marcus, Tiny Tina, and other returning characters all make cameos.
The Vault Hunters appear to be all new. Here’s what the trailer tells us about them:
- There’s a buff female Hunter who has the markings of a Siren and can apparently spawn six massive arms, each just as buff as she is. We see her briefly summoning a giant arm later in the trailer, holding an enemy in a containment bubble.
- A younger female Hunter appears standing in front of a mech that she can apparently summon, and that other players can apparently co-pilot. She’s also seen driving in a big ol’ wheel vehicle outfitted with ample firepower.
- An older male Hunter apparently uses a gadget that will let him create a holographic version of himself.
- An android or robot Hunter appears to fight alongside a variety of pets, including a Skag and Spiderant.
Also seen in the trailer: a variety of locations, including desert wastelands, sleek cities, and swampland’s; dozens of mutants, giant robots, and hideous creatures to shoot; showers of green, blue, and purple loot.
Gearbox did not announce a release date or platforms for Borderlands 3. But publisher 2K Games promises more information on Borderlands 3 on April 3 — the same day it will release Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition.
It’s been over six years since Borderlands 2, though we haven’t exactly been short on Borderlands in the meantime – there have been VR ports, additional DLC expansions, and a ‘Pre-Sequel’ follow-up to keep our trigger fingers busy. But fans have been clamoring for another fully-fledged entry in the series, and it looks like Borderlands 3 is finally on the way.
With larger-than-life characters, a lively and colorful alien planet to explore, tons of absurd weapons, and a wisecracking sense of humor, Borderlands has managed to blow some fresh air into an FPS genre that often sticks to ‘gritty’ visuals and dull urban environments.
There’s little to go on, as Gearbox is no doubt saving a bigger reveal for this year’s E3 2019 convention in June. But what do we know about the newly-announced game so far, and when will it be landing on PC and consoles?
Meanwhile, the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection bundle is getting a 4K update on April 3rd, and a Borderlands: Game of the Year edition arrives the same day on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If that’s not enough of a Borderlands fix for you, Gearbox also revealed a $20 card game called Borderlands: Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party, while there’s a free DLC update on the way for Borderlands 2 VR this summer.
Borderlands regular Mikey Neumann won’t be writing on the new game, as he was unfortunately forced to resign from the project due to health complications. The lead writer on Borderlands 2, Anthony Burch, has also since left the company. There’s been no hint with regards to who’ll be taking up the pen after their departures.
Another change is that the voice behind Claptrap, David Eddings, has left Gearbox for Rooster Teeth so it’s unlikely he’ll be taking up the role again.