It took less than a week from the initial Borderlands 3 announcement trailer at PAX East 2019 for Gearbox to reveal the release date. Borderlands 3 will launch on September 13 on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The announcement arrived along with a new trailer (above). The trailer and updated website reveals the names and descriptions for the four new playable vault hunters:
- Moze the gunner, who can digistruct and pilot a giant mech.
- Amara the siren, who can use her ethereal fists to smash foes.
- FL4K the robotic beastmaster, commands alien beasts as pets.
- Zane the operative, who uses gadgets to get an edge.
For the first time the series the vault hunters won’t be limited to the planet of Pandora (although it does begin there). You’ll be able to travel to other planets and meet exotic new characters and alien threats.
Borderlands 3 will also feature a form of level-scaling for its four player co-op mode. Regardless of their level everyone can deal damage and receive level-appropriate loot. The goal is for friends to be able to play together regardless of their level or story progress.
“For the past several years, the team at Gearbox Software has been devoting every ounce of our passion, creativity and love into making Borderlands 3 the biggest, baddest and most ambitious Borderlands adventure we’ve ever made,” said Randy Pitchford, CEO, Gearbox. “Borderlands 3 is being crafted not only as a love letter to fans of the series, but also as an ideal entry point for new players to jump in alone or cooperatively, on- or offline.”
Borderlands 3 is now available for pre-order on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in four different editions: Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Collector’s Edition.
The $79.99 Deluxe Edition includes several cosmetic skin and gun packs, as well as XP and “loot drop boost mods.” The $99.99 Super Deluxe Edition includes that plus the Season Pass for four planned DLC packs. All four DLC packs will release by September 2020.
Finally the $249.99 Collector’s Edition grants everything plus some physical goodies like character figurines, lithographs, and a Diamond Loot Chest replica.
Pre-ordering any version nets the Gold Weapons Skin Pack. Borderlands 3 is out September 13. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Gearbox will reveal more details during a gameplay reveal event on May 1.