Greater than six years after Borderlands 2 burst into our lives, Borderlands three has lastly been introduced and given a agency launch date that we will rely right down to.
After so lengthy ready, it hardly feels actual that the discharge date of Borderlands three is so shut; we’ve even spent some hands-on time with the sport now!
With larger-than-life characters, a vigorous and colourful alien planet to discover, tons of absurd weapons, and a wisecracking humorousness, Borderlands has managed to blow some recent air into an FPS style that always sticks to ‘gritty’ visuals and uninteresting city environments.
Right here’s every thing we all know thus far concerning the recreation, and when it’s lastly going to be touchdown on PC and consoles.
Reduce to the chase
- What’s it? The third numbered recreation within the first-person shoot and loot franchise
- When can I play it? September 13, 2019
- What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia
Borderlands three launch date
Gearbox has now confirmed a launch date of September 13, 2019.
Borderlands three trailers and preview
Whereas we await the sport to land, we do have a lot of new trailers to pore over. The very newest trailer popped up throughout E3 and it introduced us an thrilling quantity of latest footage together with a brand new cinematic trailer and ten entire minutes of gameplay footage. You’ll be able to watch each under:
Gearbox took to the stage at PAX East (March 28-30) to point out off the formal announcement trailer under. You get a very good take a look at the brand new villains of the collection (a brother and sister?), new shiny cities and creaking scrapyards, and series-favorite robotic Claptrap performing some breakdancing.
It appears… just about the identical as any Borderlands recreation earlier than it, which is each reassuring for followers and a bit disappointing for these in search of a brand new spin on the collection. It’s too early to guage earlier than we’ve seen extra, although.
What we all know for positive is that there’ll be lots of weapons (over one billion, and even one with little machine legs) and an entire lot of looting in expansive sandbox environments. Oh, and a saxophone solo – as a result of why not?
There’s additionally a separate announcement trailer for the discharge date, which additionally names the 4 vault hunters and the identify of the villains: the Calypso Twins…
The official announcement got here solely days after a ‘Masks of Mayhem’ teaser you possibly can see under. It’s full of little clues and hints of the sport to return, together with every part from a morse code to braille, and what appears to be a broken-up redeem code (C35TB – WS6ST – TXBRK – JJH6H – TTTJT) that we think about shall be usable for some kind of DLC reward or unique pores and skin for eagle-eyed viewers.
What’s extra, we’ve been capable of spend a while with the sport because of a hands-on gameplay reveal occasion that TechRadar attended. The gameplay loop, no less than, is acquainted, together with your job to take down enemies, look their corpses, and degree up. It appears like Gearbox is placing loads of element and creativeness into the weaponry this time round.
What’s new is a concentrate on motion that’s extra fluid, and enhancements to multiplayer, together with the choice for allies to revive one another. There’s additionally “loot instancing”, designed to degree the enjoying area slightly for teams of associates who’ve spend totally different quantities of time within the recreation. Borderlands three additionally provides you your very personal spaceship, the Sanctuary three.
For a full rundown of all the things we noticed in our time with the sport, take a look at our hands-on preview in full.
Borderlands three information and rumors
As promised, Borderlands three made an look at E3 2019 with a model new cinematic trailer, 10 minutes of gameplay to pore over and affirmation that there’s a model new planet referred to as Eden 6 that’s impressed by the Louisiana swamps.
Oh, and people rumors a few Borderlands 2 DLC bridging the hole to the third recreation? These have been true. Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Battle for Sanctuary provides a 10-hour story which begins proper on the finish of Borderlands 2.
Even higher, it may be downloaded free of charge from now till July 9 on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam. After that it’ll value you £11.99 so when you’ve got any curiosity in Borderlands three it’s value choosing up proper now.
E3 2019 is now a matter of days away and given its launch date is just a few months off now, it’s not shocking that Gearbox and Borderlands three are anticipated to have a big presence.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has been tweeting forward of the present to let followers know that they’ve a lot to look ahead to. We’re speaking new gameplay and new vault hunter and new planet reveals for everybody watching the present and a playable demo of the sport on the present flooring for these in attendance. Pitchford has additionally stated there could also be “a shock or two” to look ahead to as properly.
Borderlands followers have rather a lot to sit up for at E3! We’ll be displaying new gameplay, a brand new Vault Hunter and a New Planet! Attendees may even have an opportunity to play #Borderlands3 on the 2K sales space! We might also have a shock or two up our sleeves… EXCITED!24 Might 2019
A brand new vault hunter and a brand new planet are fairly vital for Borderlands followers so what these surprises will probably be is tough to think about – might they contain these Borderlands 2 DLC rumors we’ve mentioned under? TechRadar might be current on the present and shall be updating right here with the newest Borderlands three bulletins as they occur.
Stories of Borderlands 2 DLC
It’s not lengthy till Borderlands three’s launch date however there are studies that Borderlands 2 might quickly obtain a DLC which can bridge the hole between the titles. The rumors level to an E3 2019 announcement, however nothing has been confirmed simply but. With E3 simply across the nook, we don’t have lengthy to attend.
Particulars, particulars, particulars
We managed to have a chat with Amanda Christensen, an idea artist at Gearbox and a key character designer on Borderlands three. She informed us that “the obvious leap is when it comes to our degree of element” within the upcoming recreation, and that there are a “bunch of cool little particulars” unfold all through. It’s a revealing chat and you may learn the whole lot Christensen needed to say about Borderlands three right here.
DLCs: high quality over amount
The DLC way forward for Borderlands three appears shiny sufficient, after Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford intimated on Twitter that future DLCs would concentrate on high quality over amount: it appears as if Borderlands three may give attention to fleshing out the capabilities of the sport’s beginning courses as an alternative of asking gamers to start out constructing new ones from scratch, and that’s high quality with us.
Epic Video games Retailer unique – to start out
Whereas Borderlands three will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the PC model will begin as an Epic Video games Retailer unique, earlier than becoming a member of the Steam Retailer six months on.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford hinted at this again in December, when he voiced his help for the brand new market. Epic has been courting numerous exclusives for its retailer, together with Metro Exodus and The Division 2, so we’re not overly stunned.
Cross-platform co-op might be included
An inventory web page for Borderlands three on the Microsoft retailer gave a touch to a very-cool potential new function touchdown with the sport – cross-platform multiplayer. Although the web page in query has since been pulled, it confirmed the sport’s function set to incorporate play throughout consoles not restricted to Microsoft’s personal. With the sport initially an Epic Video games Retailer unique, and that platform’s largest title, Fortnite, being cross-platform in lots of console situations, there’s definitely the genesis of the infrastructure to help the function if true.
A consultant for the sport’s writer, 2K Video games, advised IGN that “Cross play is one thing we’re taking a look at intently, however don’t have something to verify or announce presently.”
Vault Hunter names
The discharge date trailer additionally gave us the names of the 4 vault hunters, which supply their very own spins on the normal 4 courses. We now have a Gunner weapons skilled (Moze), a Siren with floating fists on the prepared (Amara), an android Beastmaster (Fl4x), and a suave, stealthy Operative (Zane). We additionally obtained the names of the entry’s villains: the very evil-looking Calypso Twins (not similar).
Borderlands three confirmed – in addition to a board-game
Gearbox gave us the announcement we needed on March 28, at PAX East in Boston. The showcase was hit with technical difficulties – like rather a lot – and for some purpose included a very lengthy magic trick. However we obtained our first take a look at the anticipated title, in addition to a tie-in board-game referred to as Borderlands: Tiny Tina’s Robotic Tea Celebration.
4K remasters (totally free!)
Excellent news for anybody with a replica of Borderlands 1, 2, or the Pre-Sequel: Gearbox is releasing enhanced 4K remasters of the earlier video games, and anybody who already owns them will get to obtain the remastered model free of charge. You’ll want a 4K prepared console or PC to benefit from it, nevertheless it’s fantastic fan service for many who do.
Hints, a lot of hints
At PAX West 2017, Pitchford introduced throughout a panel that 90% of the Gearbox staff is “engaged on the factor I feel most of you guys need us to be engaged on.”
Pitchford additionally took half in an IGN Unfiltered interview across the similar time, when he stated that if one other Borderlands recreation have been to be made, it will be extra of a real sequel versus one other Pre-Sequel spin-off.
Caught within the act
And in April 2017, Pitchford took to Twitter to submit an image of himself sporting a movement seize go well with with the caption “Doing a shoot… I’ll or is probably not a psycho bandit in a online game we might or will not be engaged on. Additionally, glad Bulletstorm launch day!”
Provided that Psychos are a Borderlands enemy we’d say this tweet might be learn with a pretty big nudge and wink.
Doing a shoot… I’ll or will not be a psycho bandit in a online game we might or is probably not engaged on. Additionally, completely happy Bulletstorm launch day! pic.twitter.com/5X9ZzC6kdJApril 7, 2017
The GDC presentation
Earlier than all of this Pitchford took to the stage throughout Epic Video games’ Unreal presentation at GDC in March 2017, the place he confirmed off new rendering tech that “could also be utilized in a future Gearbox recreation.” He explicitly stated the footage proven was not from a online game however what was proven was extremely harking back to Borderlands.
He additionally revealed that this new tech is able to simulating totally different physics relying on a planet’s properties. Particularly he stated “there is perhaps totally different physics and the solar and the moons is perhaps in several positions than what we’re used to on Pandora.”
That appears to have been fairly prophetic – as we all know Borderlands three will probably be making use of some new environments past what we noticed on Pandora within the earlier video games.
Borderlands common Mikey Neumann gained’t be writing on the brand new recreation, as he was sadly pressured to resign from the challenge on account of well being problems. The lead author on Borderlands 2, Anthony Burch, has additionally since left the corporate. There’s been no trace on the subject of who’ll be taking over the pen after their departures.
One other change is that the voice behind Claptrap, David Eddings, has left Gearbox for Rooster Tooth so it’s unlikely he’ll be taking over the position once more.