Borderlands 3 is back in style for later this year, and now having seen some gameplay for Gearbox's sequel, it sure does look impressive. There's a ton to love about the upcoming looter shooter, including new characters, guns, and more. In this guide to Borderlands 3 we'll be compiling all the information we have on the game so far, including the Borderlands 3 release date set for September, the debut slice of Borderlands 3 gameplay, and more.
- Borderlands 3 Release Date
- Borderlands 3 Gameplay
- Borderlands 3 Microtransactions
- Borderlands 3 Trailer
- Borderlands 3 News
- Borderlands 3 Setting
- Borderlands 3 Characters
- Borderlands 3 Weapons
Borderlands 3 Release Date
The first release date rumor came in a leak from the 2K themselves, which slated Borderlands 3 for release on September 13. Later that week, the Borderlands 3 release date of September 13 was finally confirmed to be real.
In addition to this, the box art for Borderlands 3 was finally revealed. You can see the eye-catching box art for the chaotic game just below, which depicts the familiar psycho as a Jesus Christ-like figure, adorned with guns and explosives.
Borderlands 3 Gameplay
Finally on May 1, a lengthy Borderlands 3 gameplay demo was revealed for the first time. You can see an entire archive of the livestream from Gearbox just below, which USG was in attendance for. The gameplay reveal kicks off with our old pal Claptrap, back to cause more mayhem and disaster.
For the Borderlands 3 gameplay demo, we saw things from the perspective of Amara. At the Quick Change station, you can change your head, skin, outfit colors, equip new emotes, and respec your abilites. From our point of view, Borderlands 3 certainly looks like the familiar gameplay that we came to love from the last two main games, which isn't such a bad thing at all.
Borderlands 3 Microtransaction
Shortly after the Borderlands 3 gameplay demo was over, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford railed against a Game Informer report which stated that the game would feature microtransactions. You can see the brief tirade from Pitchford just below, which is slightly odd considering that Borderlands 3 does in fact have microtransactions.
Borderlands 3 does have cosmetic items that can be purchased for real world money. Perhaps the Gearbox CEO doesn't consider these purchases to be microtransactions, which is odd because that's the literal definition of microtransactions. So although Borderlands 3 does contain microtransactions, they are cosmetic items only.
Borderlands 3 Trailer
As promised, here is the official Borderlands 3 Reveal Trailer, which debuted at Pax East on March 28. It shows off new characters, and gives an idea as to the scope of the game.
On March 27, Randy Pitchford tweeted a brand new trailer for what looks like Borderlands 3. It is called the Mask of Mayhem trailer, and features a bunch of characters from the Borderlands series. It also detailed some kind of reveal at 2p.m. EDT/ 11a.m. PDT. You can check out the trailer below:
Borderlands 3 News
At the end of last year, YouTube gaming show Inside Gaming reported on a massive Borderlands 3 leak. In it, new characters, settings, weapons and more are detailed, with all info gleaned from an undisclosed source. You can check out the full video below:
Borderlands 3 Setting
Over the last few days, a 4Chan leak has been revealing supposed details about Borderlands 3. You can see it all summarized in this ResetEra thread, but some of the info points towards a possible setting for Borderlands 3. We've listed all of the leaked info on Borderlands 3's setting below:
- Takes place 5 years after the end of BL2/TPS.
- You'll start on Pandora but leave shortly into the game on Sanctuary 3, the Crimson Raider's ship. It will be the hub for multiple planet locations.
- We're going to Promethea.
Now that the official trailer has been revealed, much of these leaks have been proven true. As to the rest of the list, we'll have to wait and see.
Borderlands 3 Characters
There are going to be four new Vault Hunters that you'll be able to play as when Borderlands 3 releases. These are Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative, and you can see them going from left to right in the screenshot just below.
But outside of new playable characters, old favorites from previous Borderlands games will be returning. Below, we've rounded up a list of all the returning and new, but non-playable, characters for Borderlands 3 revealed so far.
- AI Jack
- Flak the Beastmaster
- The Calypso Twins
Borderlands 3 Weapons
As with the three games in the Borderlands series so far, it's nothing but guns galore in Borderlands 3. The recent gameplay footage shown below at the beginning of May demoed a ton of new weapons. The original Borderlands was somewhat famed for featuring thousands of guns, but it looks like Gearbox has gone above and beyond with the weapons in Borderlands 3, in not only the quantity of them, but also the quality in making them all stand out.
Once again, most of the major weapon brand from the Borderlands series are back. In the demo above we can see Vladof, Dahl, Jakobs, Tediore, and Maliwan. We seriously doubt that all the weapon brands for Borderlands 3 have been shown off, so keep an eye out for future reveals.
Borderlands 3 weapons also feature different firing modes. For example in the demo above, we can see a portable minigun with two barrels, that can be switched to have the two barrels join up, turning the weapon into a powerful rifle. There's even a gun that grows mechanical legs and goes charging round the battlefield on its own.
That's all we have so far for Borderlands 3. Be sure to check back in May for more details from the teased event, here's hoping for a look at those new Vault Hunters.