Borderlands 3 made a lot of waves in the gaming community in the past couple of days. Although, this week the hype swiftly turned into hate and confusion when it was revealed that the game would join a growing list of Epic Games Store exclusive.
Outside of the exclusivity deal with Epic, Borderlands 3 looks like a great game. From the trailer one can already understand that the game will feature a number of series mainstays. These consist of an arsenal of guns, loads of vehicles to obliterate your surroundings and all in a role-playing style progression system, this is coupled with a few new things as well. Something like four new playable characters, “seamless” co-op play and new worlds to explore outside of Pandora.
One thing we absolutely adored from the game’s predecessors is its not-so-subtle box art, and in Borderlands 3, there’s an abundance of great graphic talent.
Gearbox, the developers of the game described it as:
The originals shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure. Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters — the ultimate treasure-seeking bad-asses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.
Epic Games Store Exclusivity
There was news of Borderlands 3’s shift to an Epic Games Store exclusive from a press release sent by publisher 2K Games, where the details of the arrangement received more clarification.
Basically, the exclusivity will last about 6-7 months, from the start of the game’s launch on September 13th, 2019 through a yet to be confirmed 2020 date. It seems like Borderlands 3 will be coming to “additional PC digital storefronts,” like Steam at a later time. At least for you console gamers, this means absolutely nothing and all will stay uninterrupted.
The founder of Borderlands 3, Randy Pitchford of Gearbox was quick to separate the development team from the publisher, stating that they didn’t have control over distribution and platform partnerships.
Even though for a lot of PC gamers this wouldn’t be the ideal approach, Borderlands 3 is boosting Epic Games’ impressive library of games – all starting from The Division 2 and the controversial acquisition of Metro Exodus just weeks before the Steam launch. What a game Metro is though, check out our review here if you want to see exactly what we thought of it.
Nevertheless, Epic Games is disrupting the industry at the moment. While there is quite a bit of anti-consumer sentiment in light of these exclusivity deals, Epic is well-placed with its 88/12 revenue split for game developers, compared to Steam. The debate will rage on though, perhaps until Steam decide to change their tier model respectively.
What we know about Borderlands 3
Yeah, if you’re on here at the moment you probably know most of the stuff above. So, let’s get more into the nitty and gritty behind the game that will be coming out at the end of summer.
Within the trailer, it clearly showcases the Vault Hunters. Players will take control of these characters as they hunt for loot from legendary Vaults and take on the fanatical Caplypso Twins. Among them is Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, Zane the Operative and FL4K the Beastmaster. More information and details on the heroes and their powers will be available when the studio reveals the gameplay event on the 1st of May.
What we do know is that Moze is able to summon a mech which others can mount, Amara can summon ethereal arms to brawl with, FL4k controls beasts “ironically” and Zane is very handy for being the trickster assassin. Antagonizing this bunch are the Calypso Twins, attempting to unite the various bandit clans with the goal of taking ownership of the galaxy’s ultimate power.
Predecessors of Borderlands 3 focused a lot on single, sprawling locations on Pandora, but in this game you are given more freedom to travel beyond the planet, where the player will be revealed to astonishing, new and unique environments and enemies. The main thing about Borderlands 3 is obviously the vehicular combat, inspiring Mad Max fans to play this game and be part of the savagery.
Something else which is new and awesome for this upcoming game is the level sync. This makes co-op play a little friendlier by basically scaling the experience for each player, regardless of them playing online or separately, their level, or mission progression.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think, and if I was you I’d pre-order the game for access to golden weapons or better yet, try out the previous remastered version of the original 2009 game on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.