September 13th will be here sooner than you think, and Borderlands 3 is making sure everyone is reminded of the date as the solo/multiplayer co-op shooter will be making its way to PS4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. An outright deluge of new details about the game has hit the internet, both on a variety of media sites and the game’s official channels.
As before, we know there will be four-player co-op multiplayer, with the chance at cross-platform play post-launch if things work out. Loot drops will be player specific, meaning the days of fighting for loot in the second game are over, and there will be a level syncing system to let players of all sorts band together. Both of these features can be turned off in options if you so wish/hate other people. There will also be a ping system to allow for team communications without needing to use a mic.
We also learn about the game’s main villains, two social media influencers who have rallied bandits players have been fighting since the very start under the Children of the Vault banner. They’ll represent modern maladies such as “fake news” broadcasts and drawn-out political diatribes to bring Borderlands 3’s overall plot into the modern day.
Kotaku offers preview impressions, saying that the shooter feels like a throwback in many ways, which can be a double-edged sword: “The Borderlands house style is brash, irreverent schlock, delivered in a way that will strike some as obnoxious. It’s been ten years since the first Borderlands, and if you played that game, you have probably changed a lot in the last ten years, and yet here is Borderlands 3, behaving like the same old high school cut-up even though it’s middle-aged.”
The sizzle trailer straight from Gearbox itself, touting the game’s features and announcing the start of pre-orders for those who aren’t too worried about things like crunch concerns, the creepy antics of bosses, and the incident earlier this summer where 2K sent some PIs to a YouTuber’s house to hassle him about leaks. You know, just video game stuff!