Borderlands 3 drops new trailer, details, and preorders ahead of September 13 launch

    
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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!

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Jeremy Barnes

This game is an MMO?

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Robert Mann

Yeah, nope. I’ll pass on Epic store stuff. I’d gladly give money directly to a developer. But any of the stores that buy exclusive agreements with no work on the product are a hard pass. I don’t want more such stores doing those same things. I want a good, basic store that works and lets me give the developers a better deal without all the garbage, insulting attitude, and such… is that too much to ask for in turn for being my new #1 source of games? I, for one, think not.

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xpsync

My youngest son is a huge, massive, gargantuan, colossal, enormous, massive, huge, gigantic, monstrous, mammoth, prodigious, epic, king-sized, titanic, herculean, brobdingnagian Borderlands fan.

I’m happy for him and all borderland fans tbh, but yea as cursedseishi put it best that man child running the show uggg and all the stigma.

ofc i don’t say shit to him not going to rain on the parade, you know just enjoy his excitement. Being such a fan i told him i’d buy the Super Deluxe Edition or whatever top digital there is and it seems his friends are getting it too which is great for both him and me lol, as i never turn down an invite to play with either of them, but tbh i’m just not into Borderlands anymore, 1 was great, played it at least 3 times through together and 2 was legendary but only played through once together and the pre-sequel ofc, but he’s gone through all of them countless times either solo and or with friends.

So it’s a shame when you have someone at the helm behaving like a “man child”.

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Sorenthaz

As extra insult to injury they’re using Denuvo.

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Solaris

Don’t care about having different launchers. Bought this long ago. Can’t wait.

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Dug From The Earth

Im not a fan of Epic… mostly because their store has very few features compared to other stores. (For example, my son and I always play Borderlands together, but for me to get him a copy on Epic, I had to have him change his password, so I could log in as him (he lives far away), buy the game on his account, and then have him change his password back). Where as something like steam, just lets me gift it.

However, despite that, im not gonna let whatever corporate wars are going on prevent me from what I enjoy… and in this case, its Borderlands.

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Sray

Epic deserves a lot of crap over the glacial pace of improving their store: you can rent a ecommerce site for a few bucks that has basic features like wishlist, search and shopping basket that Epic still lacks. That makes Epic’s non-progress on incoproating the very basics of a digital store all the more inexcusable.

Beyond that I find most of the whining about exclusives to be BS. GOG has always had exclusives, and Discord launched their store with nearly a dozen exclusives: where is the outrage for them doing it? No one said one damn word. There’s also no one screaming at companies for not selling their games on PC platforms other than Steam; no one is sending death threats to Square-Enix for not selling Tomb Raider on Origin or GOG. No one is getting strong-armed into Epic exclusivity: many are taking the money because they don’t want to be on Steam at all, but the exclusive money is the only way its financially viable for them to skip Steam.

Exclusives are the only weapon ANY potential competitor to Steam has because the Steam seller’s agreement requires sellers to have the same price as Steam if their game is sold on any other digital storefront: so by virtue of their overwhelmingly dominant market share, that clause give Valve almost total control of the price of PC games. That’s far more anticompetitive than a couple upstart stores swiping a few games out from under Valve’s nose. For all the guys who claim they want “honest competition” I have to ask how can you expect a fair fight when your opponent is also the referee?

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day.

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Robert Mann

Valve’s clause is a good argument in counter, but it doesn’t make exclusivity agreements acceptable either.

By GoG exclusives, you mean the games they purchased the rights to fully, restored, made work on modern computers without messing around with DOSBox or anything, patch, and maintain? By goodness, if somebody is selling their own fully owned product my preference is to give them the money directly! Discord’s exclusives, on the other hand, were something I railed against just like Epic’s. If Steam or GoG started paying exclusivity agreements at this point, they’d go on the same shitlist even if I could only play an incredibly tiny number of new games.

Here’s the interesting thing: If Epic had made a decent storefront to begin with, kept it secure, not wigged out on buying multiple games, not trash talked at potential customers, and just given a larger chunk of that same pricing to the developers I’d be all over that. They didn’t.

What I have no interest in is a future of 100 different launchers buying exclusives because ‘competition’, and supporting Epic’s methods right now is how we get that. I’ll wait for a company that can manage basic decency and respect, make a solid store that doesn’t break things, and the price is the least of my concerns. I don’t need a discount on my entertainment, I’ll gladly help those putting in good work to get more so long as the garbage is at the least no worse than Steam. Sadly, that’s not Epic’s effort, the garbage is sky high.

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Sorenthaz

I’ll consider it when it releases on Steam in April or whenever.

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IronSalamander8 .

Aren’t the main villains here 2K themselves? I’m not even focused on the Epic store timed exclusive, although that is bad, I mean the PIs sent to that leaker’s house and of course Randy Pitchford’s lovely behavior.

All that aside, I enjoyed the first 3 games (1, 2, pre-sequel) to a point. They carried basically one joke through all the titles so it got old but it certainly had a lot of loot dropping and I liked the skill trees and classes, especially the mechromancer.

One good thing about not worried about getting it at launch is that I can see how they handle it and MTXs and other stuff. BL2 had a lot of DLC and character packs. I don’t think I’ll get this one unless friends want to play together and it’s on sale eventually.

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Darthbawl

While I do think sending PIs to a house is pretty crazy, SupMatto doesn’t appear as squeaky clean as people might claim him to be.

If everyone gets past this issue and such and focus on the game itself, game is sounding pretty tasty, I might [at some point] get it. But not at release, paying top $$$ for a top shelf game at release is not tasty to me anymore.

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IronSalamander8 .

I admit I have no idea about the Youtuber himself. Never heard of him till this. It does seem like they overreacted though, from the articles I’ve seen anyway. There are a ton of leaks from the new PvZ shooter alpha test and while EA has been taking them down, they haven’t gone to this extreme.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m Not going to pay a single cent for it while it’s exclusive to the Epic store. And neither am I going to pay full price when it finally comes to Steam; after 2K decided to play the exclusivity card I’m not going to purchase this game without at least a 60% discount, and even that would require the game to be exceptional and not have much in the way of paid DLC or microtransactions.

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camren_rooke

I must agree. While I have enjoyed the last borderlands games I am not happy with the exclusivity nonsense and as the only vote I have is to not spend money on it, that is what I’ll do.

Maybe I’ll pick it up next year. Maybe not. I still have Witcher 3, Dishonored 2, Any number of MMO’s and indies to play and who knows what else will come out by then.

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silverlock

I’ll wait for the game of the year edition with all the DLC’s included to go on sale to pick it up. I enjoy the series but it’s not a must have for me.

Bloodlines 2 on the other hand will be a day one purchase for me.

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cursedseishi

There’s many reasons to dislike Gearbox and their creepy troglodyte of a manchild for a boss… And hundreds why I will refuse to pay any sort of cash towards obtaining this game…

But 2K themselves with the SupMatto incident? Cleared. A lot of what has been left out has colored 2K as closely to unambiguously villainous as people can make them. SupMatto has zero reason to give the whole story, and 2K won’t because it’s all locked up in legal matters. But… Essentially it boils down to this.

SupMatto was receiving leaks through several means. Most? Yeah, everybody gets them the way he did, nothing special… But there are two specific instances that crosses the line. The first being that SupMatto started charging people for access specifically to the dumpbin of leaked material he was picking from. He was advertising it on his youtube channel that ‘subbing’ to his channel for the $5 a month gives you access to his private Discord where he has all of the material posted and readily available to read. This had lead 2K to ultimately start taking action against him. He later edited the ‘pay for leak access’ bit out of his channel benefits, but damage done. 2K was aware of him leaking, and didn’t care until he started selling access to at-the-time confidential information.

The second? He exploited a glitch in Twitch’s mobile app to watch Private-marked streams from developer accounts. These Dev Accounts were made specifically to test the Twitch-Integrated features Gearbox started promoting, and while you could search for them on Twitch and even mark them as followed? Again, they were set to Private. Which means everything is locked and whatever they were streaming does not show up to even see. And, most importantly on the desktop and through the site? No thumbnails are generated as a preview. But he followed the Dev accounts on Mobile and specifically did so in order to gain access to the thumbnail footage, which he then ripped and took for himself. And this was a bug in the mobile client he didn’t report to Twitch, and continued to use until it was made known–at which point Twitch patched the bug.

Inside Gaming talked about this, and even confirmed with 2K/Take-Two regarding this. As well as confirmed that this is likely to enter legal proceedings.