Borderlands 3 Release Date, Prequel DLC, Gameplay, Characters - Everything we Know

Here's our complete roundup of info on Borderlands 3, including a release date, gameplay, prequel DLC, characters, weapons, and more.

Borderlands 3 was announced earlier this year at PAX East after a fair few leaks, and it'll be launching later this year. There's a ton to look forward to with the sequel, including new characters, weapons, and more. In this guide rounding up all the details we have on the sequel so far, we'll be going over the Borderlands 3 release date, all the new Borderlands 3 characters we've seen like the new Siren, and more.

Borderlands 3 Release Date

The Borderlands 3 release date is September 13, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The release date leaked a little ahead of the official reveal by 2K, but you can see the debut reveal trailer for the sequel below.

Speaking of leaks, there's been rumors surrounding prequel DLC for the game for some time now. 'Commander Lillith and the Fight for Sanctuary' is the supposed title of the DLC, which will supposedly release very shortly, sometime over the course of E3 2019, for everyone who owns Borderlands 2. The DLC is meant to bridge the gap between the last mainline game and Borderlands 3, but we'll stay tuned for more info shortly.

The confirmed box art for Borderlands 3. | Gearbox

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.

The four new Borderlands 3 Vault Hunters. | Gearbox

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.

  • Tannis
  • AI Jack
  • Rhys
  • Gortys
  • Tina
  • Flak the Beastmaster
  • The Calypso Twins
  • Claptrap

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.

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