Borderlands 3 release date, trailers and new characters in Borderlands

Frontier 3 looks set to amp up the mayhem of what has already been a pretty chaotic franchise. With a new vault of hunters to choose from, the diabolical enemy duo is heading for an army of nutcases - and some smart social media commentary to boot - and this latest take on CP software loot-em-up looks set to earn the mantle of Frontier 3.

After such a long wait, it hardly feels real that the release date for Borderlands 3 is so close (we even spent some hands-on time with the game now!) but with an imminent launch, our eyes are firmly on Gamescom 2019 for any possible updates. we can't be much more hyped than we are now.

While Borderlands 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Game Store on PC, it will also launch on Xbox One and PS4, and will make up the Google Stadiums Games roster in November.

With bigger-than-life characters, a lively and colorful alien planet to explore, tons of absurd weapons, and a wisecracking sense of humor, Frontier has managed to blow fresh air into an FPS genre that often sticks to 'gritty' graphics and dreary urban environments. The next heading looks bigger than the same in some respects, but will feel fairly new in others.

Here's everything we know about the game, and when it will finally be landing on PC and consoles.

[Updates: PC Players Attention: Specification requirements for Borderlands 3 have been confirmed. Read on to find out what the minimum and recommended system requirements for Borderlands 3 will be.]

Get to the point

  • What is this? Third numbered first-person shoot and loot franchise game
  • When can I play it? 13 September 2019,
  • What can I play it? PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadiums

Borderlands 3 release date

Gearbox has now confirmed a release date of September 13, 2019. Nuff said.

Frontier 3 trailers and preview

While we wait for the game to land, we have some new trailers to tinker with. The latter isn't trying to tell you anything specific, but it's a real mood setter and you can kick your toes down, so it's worth watching.

E3 brought us an exciting amount of new content, including a new cinematic trailer and ten minutes of gameplay footage. You can watch as below:

Gearbox took to the stage at PAX East (March 28-30) to reveal the official trailer below. You'll get a good look at the series' new villains (brother and sister?) the shiny new towns and scrapyards of creaking, and the series' favorite robot nonsense doing some breakdancing.

It looks... pretty much the same as every Borderlands game before it, which is reassuring for fans and a little disappointing for those looking for a new twist on the series. It's still too early to judge before we've seen more.

What we know for sure is that there will be a lot of guns (over one billion, and even with small foot cars) and a lot of looting in spacious sandbox environments. Yes, and a saxophone solo - so why not?

There is also a separate trailer to announce the release date, which also includes the names of the four vault hunters and the name of the villains: the Calypso Twins...

The official announcement only came a few days after the 'Mask of Chaos' teaser can be seen below. It is packed with little game hints, including everything from Morse Braille, and what seems to be parted Activate code (C35TB - WS6ST - TXBRK - JJH6H - TTTJT) that we imagine will be useful for some kind of DLC reward or exclusive skin for keen onlookers.

What's more, we managed to spend some time with the game thanks to the hands-on gameplay show events dedicated to participation. Loop gameplay is at least familiar, with your job being to take down enemies, watch their corpses, and level up. It looks like the gearbox puts a lot of detail and imagination into play this time around.

New is a focus on movement that is more fluid and multiplayer improvements, including the ability for allies to revive each other. There's also "loot instances," designed to level the playing field a bit for groups of friends who spend varying amounts of time in the game. Frontier 3 also gives its own spaceship, Sanctuary 3.

For a complete understanding of everything we've seen in our time with the game, check out our hands-on previews in full.

Frontier 3 characters / vault seekers

Like that, Borderlands 3 will have four different Vault Hunter classes at launch, allowing you to play in your own unique way. Do you want to snipe at a distance, run around with machine guns at the ready, or let your companions, animals, tear their enemies to death? It's really up to you.

The four vault seekers this time are as follows:

  • FL4K Beastmaster: robot, love for animals, and even more love for using those animals to kill. There is also a stealth feature to keep him (her?) safe from harm.
  • Amara Sirens: while Siren is generally more of an ethereal class, Amara is all about fighting. Her gifts take shape in the ability to grab enemies in the air, send out energy bursts, and deliver a powerful pound to the ground.
  • Zane Operator: one for strategic warfare. Zane the Fighter is all about using drones, shields, and illusory holograms to your advantage.
  • Mose gunner: literally her sword she can climb to devastate the battlefield. What more convincing do you need?

These characters generally talk and interact with other characters as well as each other. They can also combine abilities for maximum effectiveness.

Borderlands 3 news and rumors

System requirements

With only a couple of weeks until Borderlands 3 comes out, the system requirements have been released. The good news for PC gamers is that they aren't overly taxing at all. Read the minimum and recommended specifications for yourself below:

Minimum Requirements (1080p)

  • Processor: AMD FX-8350 will not (Intel i5-3570 processors)
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 Series Graphics Card (Model 680)
  • Storage: 75 GB

Recommended requirements (1440r)

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (Intel Core i7-4770)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphic card: AMD Radeon RX 590 (NVIDIA GeForce OPU 1060 6GB)
  • Storage: 75 GB
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There will be Endgame content
At Gamescom 2019, we got word of some post-campaign content in the form of polygons: based on time trials to get through dangerous areas promised loot and bounties (according to GameSpot versions).

How long will it take to complete?
According to Gearbox, the main story (maximum) can be done within 20 hours, but if you choose to take on side quests and other tasks, then you could face 50 plus hours.

Alternative gun firing modes
Some of the guns in Borderlands 3 have alternate shooting modes allowing you to change your fighting style. For example, milk can be used in gun mode or zeip rocket mode.

Mantle and slide
Along with the ping system, Frontier 3 adds mounting and sliding (like Apex Legends).

Synchronization level
No more level limit when playing with friends thanks to level sync. Instead, everything in the game (loot, enemies, etc.) is relative to your personal level.

Ice-T is a fluffy pink teddy bear
That's right, the rumors turned out to be true, rapper Ice-T - Is in Borderlands 3.

But what role does a badass legend take on? Perhaps an armed psycho? Or a sore vault hunter? Nope, Ice-T, casting his voice as a fluffy pink teddy bear named Balex (his parents couldn't decide between Barry and Alex), who was having some issues with an ex-girlfriend.

Lots of customization options
Players have advanced customization options, both for their characters and vehicles. When it comes to your character, you can change your head, skins and colors among other things. While the vehicles have customizable paints, bodies, weapons and more.

Exploring the galaxy
Frontier 3 sees walks outside of Pandora in a spaceship called Shrine 3. We currently know that there are three planets visited, but Gearbox doesn't say much more.

Borderlands 3

Visual Features
In a behind-the-scenes interview posted on the official PlayStation blog, the internet and public hand product for Borderlands 3, Scott Velasquez, confirmed some of the visual options players will have in the game. First of all, Borderlands 3 will have HDR and 4K support, but they don't come hand in hand; players will be able to customize them individually to get exactly what they want.

In addition to this, players will be able to choose between "Resolution Favor" and "Performance Favor" on 4K consoles. With the former, the frame rate will be limited to 30 but the resolution will look absolutely the best. With the latter, as you'd expect, the resolution went a bit back at 1080p, with the frame rate going all the way up to 60fps.

If you're using a 4K console but your TV only supports 1080p "play super earth at a higher resolution using the console's hardware" so you'll get the best 1080p images you can at least.

14 minutes video
It's not long to wait until September, the release date, but the gear of excitement for Borderlands 3 is at its peak with 14 minutes of footage from the game's start. Behind the IGN lineup first, this new footage gives you a better idea of ​​the game's story and a good look at the controls, combat, and refinements that will be available to you at launch.

No cross-play at the start
While he's something Gearbox is interested in seeing to happen, he won't be cross-playing in Borderlands 3 when he launches. Randy Pitchford confirmed the news via Twitter, where he also stated that the team is committed to making the dream a reality in the future, so keep your fingers crossed guys.

Vault Insider Program
Want to earn in-game loot before Borderlands 3 is still being released? Then you'll want to take a look at insider program vault. Not only by signing up for this game news as claimed, it's a dish of points that can be spent in Borderlands 3 and Borderlands 2.

The vault insider program is essentially part of the marketing push ahead of Borderlands 3, so it probably won't surprise you by saying that points are awarded after you set up your Gearshift account and link it to various social media channels. You get your points from watching the latest videos, visiting the outskirts of the social media channels, in fact, does a lot of things that you could do anyway if you are interested in the game.

You can spend your points on a random piece of loot or a weapon, or save up for something specific.

Improve accessibility
In addition to the new ping system, Frontier 3 includes a bunch of other features that aim to increase game sharing, including compatibility with the Xbox adaptive controller, remapping controls, various subtitle and closed captioning options, and level sync (which will let you play with friends even if you are at different levels).

There are also improvements made to online games. Players will be able to search in the background while continuing to play the game, and match preferences may be more specific than before. This means that you can find players at a single point in history as you choose or set the mode you want to play.

Ping system
At a panel at Guardian Con last week (via PC Gamer), Gearbox revealed it's added a number of new features to Borderlands 3 to make multiplayer more accessible than its predecessors. The biggest addition? Apex Legends-style ping system that allows players to communicate with each other without having to say a word.

Like Apex Legends, Frontier 3 multiplayer will allow players to simply cover over an enemy or chest and then press the "ping" button on his comrades. In other words, it allows you to highlight important things, like the enemy, good loot and tasks.

This feature will allow players to communicate easily and without having to deal with the stress of a stranger screaming headset. Of course, this option remains available.

Check out the video of the new ping system in action below:

E3 2019
As promised, Borderlands 3 is playing at E3 2019 with a brand new cinematic trailer, 10 minutes of gameplay to tinker with, and confirmation that there's a brand new planet called Eden 6 that inspired the swamps of Louisiana.

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Yeah, and those rumors of a Borderlands 2 DLC in bridging the gap in a third game? These were correct. Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight for the Sanctuary offers a 10-hour storyline that starts right at the end of the Borderlands 2 game.

Even better, it's free to download from today until July 9th on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam. After that it will cost you £11.99, so if you have any interest in Borderlands 3 it's worth it now.

Borderlands 2 and DLC reports - Confirmed
Rumors of a Borderlands 2 DLC to bridge the gap between the second and upcoming third game were true. Commander Lilith and Sanctuary Fight DLC is free and available.

Details, details, details
We got a chance to chat with Amanda Christensen, concept artist at AUTO and key character designer on Borderlands 3. She told us that "the most obvious jump in terms of detail level" is in the upcoming game, and that there are "a bunch of cool little things" that have spread throughout. This is a revealing chat and you can read everything Christensen had to say about Borderlands 3 here.

CDO: quality is more important than quantity
In the DLC, the future of Borderlands 3 looks bright enough after Gearbox executive Randy Pitchford hinted on Twitter that future additions will focus on quality over quantity: it seems as if Borderlands 3 might focus on realizing the game's features are starting to get busy, and don't ask players to start building new ones from scratch, and that's okay.

Epic Games Store Exclusive – For starters
While Borderlands 3 will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the PC version will start as an Epic Game Store exclusive, before coming to the Steam store six months.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford hinted at this back in December when he expressed support new market. Epic courted various exclusives for his store, including exodus metro and Section 2, so we weren't too surprised.

Cross-platform co-op can be enabled

On the listing page for Borderlands 3 on the Microsoft store, we hinted at the very cool potential of the new landing from the game feature - cross-platform multiplayer. If the page in question was already pulled, it showed the feature of the game includes games for different consoles not limited by Microsoft. Since the game was originally an epic game store exclusive, and that the name of the platform, now Fortnite, is cross-platform in many console scenarios, there is of course being the infrastructure to support the feature if true.

A spokesperson for publisher, 2K Games, IGN said that "cross play is something we're looking at closely but don't have anything to confirm or announce at this time."

Names vault hunter
The release date of the trailer also gave us the names of four vault seekers who are offering their spins on the traditional four classes. We have the Weapons Expert Engineer (MOZ), the floating fisted siren (Amara), the Beastmaster in Android (Fl4x), and the suave, Operational Stealth (Zane). We also got the names of the villains of the entry: a very evil kind of Calypso Twins (not identical).

Frontier 3 confirmed, also with board games
Gearbox gave us the statement we wanted on March 28th at PAX East in Boston. The showcase was hit with technical difficulties - how many - and for some reason included a very long focus. But we've got our first look at the long-awaited title, as well as a tie-in board game called Frontier: Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party.

Borderlands 3

Image Credit: Gearbox

4K Remasters (Free!)
Good news for those with a copy of Borderlands 1, 2, or the pre-sequel: Gearbox is coming with enhanced 4K resolution remasters of previous games, and those who already own it will get the upgraded version to download for free. You'll need a 4K ready console or PC to make the most of it, but it's wonderful fan service for anyone.

Hints, lots of hints
At PAX West 2017, Pitchford revealed during a panel that 90% of the Gearbox team is “working on this thing I think most of you want us to be working on.”

Pitchford also took part in an IGN unfiltered interview around the same time, when he said that if another Madden game were to be made, it would be a true sequel as opposed to another spin-off pre-sequel.

Caught red-handed
And in April 2017, Pitchford took to Twitter to post a photo of himself wearing a motion capture suit with the caption “here's a photo shoot… I may or may not be a thug psycho in a video game we may or may not work. Also, pleases Bulletstorm to start the day!”

Given that psychos are the frontiers of the enemy we'd say this tweet can be read with a fairly large nudge and wink.

Presentations at GDC
Before all of this, Pitchford took the stage during an epic game of unrealistic presentation at the GDC in March 2017, where he showed off new rendering technologies that "could be used in a future game gearbox." He bluntly said that the footage shown was not from video games, but what was shown was strongly reminiscent of Borderlands.

He also said that this new technology can simulate different physics depending on the properties of the planet. In particular, he said: “there may be different physics and the sun and moon may be in different positions than what we are used to on Pandora.”

This seems to have been pretty prescient - as we know, Borderlands 3 will use some new environments beyond what we've seen on Pandora in previous games.

Some changes
Frontier regular jerseys Neumann will not be writing on the new game, and he, unfortunately, was forced to leave the project due to health complications. Lead writer on Borderlands 2, Anthony Burch, also left the company. There was not even a hint as to who would take the pen after they left.

Another change is that the bullshit voice, David Eddings, left the gear box for Rooster in his teeth, so it's unlikely he'll take on the role again.

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