Borderlands 3 is fast approaching and Gearbox has supplied us with more informational loot during a gameplay demonstration on Wednesday. During the event, gamers were able to get some hands-on time with two characters, thousands of guns and check out some of the new environments that will be in the full game. In this post, we are going to give you a roundup of all the new features coming in Borderlands 3.
New Characters and Familiar Friends
With a new Borderlands title comes an all-new character selection screen. Four playable characters will be available for the initial Borderlands 3 launch:
Amara - Siren
Zane - Operative
Moze - Gunner
FL4K - Beastmaster
The characters will play very different from each other as you upgrade their skill trees. Amara is an aggressive Siren acting as the team’s ethereal brawler. Zane utilizes gadgets on the field to create clones of himself and an airborne drone to provide suppressing fire. Moze will call a Bear Mech to destroy everything in its path. FL4K runs around the battlefield with the help of his attacking pets.
All of these new Vault Hunters will have to go head to head against a villain right? Well, Gearbox has given us an entire cult to fight in Borderlands 3. The Children of the Vault is a new group that has sprung up in the galaxy. The Children of the Vault are led by the Calypso Twins, a two-person online streamer team that has amassed an enormous fan base and turned them into bandits. If the Twins are anything like Handsome Jack, we are in for some serious battles ahead.
New Loot, New Places to Loot, and a New Base
During the Borderlands 3 Gameplay reveal, Randy Pitchford and Paul Sage of Gearbox gave us a look at where we Vault Hunters will be hanging out between missions. A ship called Sanctuary III will become our new home base. Its giant hull houses our friends and favorite vendors like Claptrap, Ellie, Moxxi, and Hammerlock. However, this new Sanctuary III is actually a mobile base that can take us to new planets in Borderlands 3.
Since the Children of the Vault have spread throughout the galaxy, players will have to navigate the systems to go to planets besides Pandora. Among those new planets are Meridian and Promethea. More worlds will be found in the full release.
The game’s loot has gone through a significant overhaul. All of your favorite gun brands have been altered to better guide you through the mayhem. Weapon elements are still in the game with many guns allowing you to switch between different firing modes. Since Borderlands 3 is boasting over one billion guns, you can see how that number is a low estimate of what you can do with all of the new weapons at your disposal. Some pistols will shoot regular bullets and rockets, while elemental rifles may change between electricity and fire. These new capabilities will allow players to min/max their gun loadouts and make gun collectors very happy.
The Borderlands series has always been engineered with friends in mind. Traveling with a group of Vault Hunters in the past has had players carrying their low-level friends through challenging content. The loot pool was shared, and everyone was not able to use the dropped weapon if the difference in their levels were too great.
Gearbox aims to change all of that with an improved level scaling feature. Borderlands 3 will allow players to deal damage against enemies without worrying about your teammates. Each player will have the enemies scale to their own level, and dropped loot will do the same.
For those of you who might want a challenge, Borderlands 3 will have a Classic Co-op mode. Enabling this in the settings will roll back the co-op changes, and Borderlands 3 will play similar to the older games. It is nice to see that Gearbox is giving us options.
Many Different Borderlands 3 Editions
Like most video games that come out now, Borderlands 3 has multiple different tiers of purchasing. Gearbox and 2K have stated that there are future DLC plans, but they have not given us any details other than the fact that they exist. However, for the diehard Borderlands fans out there that want to dive in head first, they have given you plenty of buying options.
Borderlands 3 Standard Edition for $59.99USD - Base Game
Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition for $79.99USD - Base Game and…
Retro Cosmetic Pack.
Neon Cosmetic Pack.
Gearbox Cosmetic Pack.
Toybox Weapon Pack.
XP and Loot Drop Boost Mods.
Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition for $99.99USD - Base Game. Retro Cosmetic Pack. Neon Cosmetic Pack. Gearbox Cosmetic Pack. Toybox Weapon Pack. XP and Loot Drop Boost Mods and…
Four DLC Campaign Packs.
Butt Stallion Weapon Skin, Trinket, and Mod.
Borderlands 3 Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition for $249.99USD - Base Game. Retro Cosmetic Pack. Neon Cosmetic Pack. Gearbox Cosmetic Pack. Toybox Weapon Pack. XP and Loot Drop Boost Mods. Four DLC Campaign Packs. Butt Stallion Weapon Skin, Trinket, and Mods. Plus…
Diamond Loot Chest Replica.
Ten Borderlands 3 Character Figurines.
Sanctuary III Snap Model.
Four Vault Key keychains.
Cloth Universe Map.
Five character art lithographs.
Borderlands 3 Steelbook Case.
Borderlands 3 looks very promising with its silly characters and quality of life improvements. Gearbox has been working on this game for 5 long years, and you can tell that the company has done their homework. Seeing the Vault Hunters be able to slide and mantle up ledges will already cutdown on all that running to objectives.
Look forward to playing Borderlands 3 when it comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13th.
What do you think of Borderlands 3? Are you excited for new loot? Let us know in the comments section.