Gearbox has officially confirmed the release date and playable characters in Borderlands 3, as well as the chance to visit multiple different worlds.
This was always supposed to be the day you find out more about Borderlands 3, after it’s annoucement last week, but rather than the official reveal just now most of the news leaked out last night, thanks to a YouTube ad going up early.
But for what it’s worth Borderlands 3 is definitely coming out on 13 September 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (but only on the Epic Game Store).
The gameplay trailer below doesn’t reveal a whole lot more though, other than the playable characters’ names (which was also already leaked) and lots of different vehicles.
The accompanying press release does offer up a brief plot synopsis though: ‘Stop the fanatical Calypso Twins from uniting the bandit clans and claiming the galaxy’s ultimate power. Only you, a thrill-seeking Vault Hunter, have the arsenal and allies to take them down.’
Meanwhile, the Vault Hunters are described as follows:
- Moze as THE GUNNER: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs 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 uses 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: Specialising in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.
There’s also a few other details about the guns and co-op action, which we’ll copy and paste below, but nothing that suggests a radically different game structure to the original or any attempt to mimic the style of games like Destiny and The Division.
There’s no reason Borderlands should – it did, after all, come first – but it’s going to be interesting to see whether it will pitch itself as a games as a service title or remain a more straightforward sequel.
• Lock, Load, and Loot: With bazillions of guns and gadgets, every fight is an opportunity to score new gear. Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, got that too.
• New Borderlands: 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!
• Quick & Seamless Co-Op Action: With a new level-sync system, the experience scales for each individual player. That means you can play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress. Take down enemies and challenges as a team, but reap rewards that are yours alone – no one misses out on loot.
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