Borderlands 3 is official. At PAX East 2019, Gearbox Software officially unveiled the Borderlands 3 with a gameplay trailer. The much awaited looter shooter sequel to the highly popular Borderlands 2 was revealed showing off new villains, returning characters, and fresh character classes. Much like the past games in the series, Borderlands 3 sports the same cel shaded art style and wide sprawling locales as well as a ton of vehicular combat. Lighting looks vastly improved over past games.
Borderlands 3 enemies include giant dinosaurs, robots, and flying insects to name a few. Furthermore, Gearbox promises over a billion guns in the game such as a ridiculously over the top gun with mechanical legs. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford stated that the game has been in development for over five years.
And yes, there won't be a battle royale mode either.
"Battle Royale games are fun but that's not what we're making," Pitchford said at the Borderlands 3 reveal.
No release date for Borderlands 3 has been revealed yet, though it will be out on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. More information regarding platforms, editions, and storefronts should be available on April 3, Gearbox confirmed during its PAX panel.
Amusingly, it appears that the Borderlands 3 leak was pretty accurate barring the return of Handsome Jack. Pitchford confirmed he won't be returning.
This wasn't addressed during the game's reveal. Prior to this, Borderlands fans came across a tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford that said he was "excited to support the Epic Games Store." Some of them felt this to be a hint that Borderlands 3 on PC would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store and asked Pitchford if this was the case. And his response raised more questions than answers.
"What's wrong with that? A PC is a PC - who cares which store you get your games from? I'm just curious to learn the mind-set. I am a customer on lots of different PC platforms," tweeted Pitchford.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the game is eventually announced. Epic Games has shown an appetite to snag big budget PC games such as Metro Exodus and The Division 2 away from Steam and while Borderlands 2 continues to be played by plenty on Steam, it would be a poor decision on Gearbox's part to make its sequel exclusive to any single PC game store. Safe to say it would be on both platforms.
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