Gearbox officially announced Borderlands 3 at its big PAX East panel today in Boston, Massachusetts. Company president Randy Pitchford was there in person to introduce the audience to the first look at the long-awaited next installment in the Borderlands series.
It was a strange conference full of magic tricks, technical problems, and indie game reveals. But Gearbox saved the best for last when it showed off footage of Borderlands 3. New characters were briefly shown, along with manic new post-apocalyptic locales.
Borderlands is Gearbox's popular co-op loot shooter. Styled like a sci-fi Mad Max, Borderlands is set in the post-apocalyptic universe where roving marauders, big corporations, and treasure hunters are looking for buried riches in "vaults."
While the trailer didn't announce any specific details, we got a look at some new characters, villains, monsters, and environments. There are still the same grimy wild west cities we know from the series, but also some futuristic modern cityscapes. Returning characters include Lilith, Maya, Rhys (from Tales From the Borderlands), and many more.
The main draw of the Borderlands series is the wide variety of outrageous guns that are available to collect, and Borderlands looks to have those in spades. There are guns that walk, guns that explode, and who knows what else. Gearbox is promising over a billion guns, which seems outrageous.
Gearbox didn't announce any information about which consoles to expect Borderlands 3, or even a release date. But Pitchford said the studio was working on the game for five years, so hopefully we'll get more information soon.