Borderlands 3 releases its launch trailer, dreams of having an anime and a theme park

    
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With four days left before Borderlands 3 arrives to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 13th, Gearbox Software is looking to drum up the hype with the release of a new trailer inviting players to “make some mayhem.” Apparently, some of the devs would also like someone to make some anime. And make a themepark.

The trailer is full of the usual expected bombast, including not actual gameplay and licensed music, but what maybe is unexpected is the initial timing: The launch trailer was evidently leaked early on the game’s Twitter page and swiftly taken down. Review codes are also reportedly very limited for fear of leaks, which adds a whole new zip of irony to the trailer’s launch, especially considering Take-Two Interactive sent investigators to a YouTuber’s house to prevent him from leaking footage of the game early.

What lacks irony and is deadpan serious in that pipe dream sort of way is creative director Paul Sage admitting that he would love to see the Borderlands franchise expand in to the worlds of anime and real life.

“You know, somebody brought up ‘Love, Death & Robots’ to me and I was like, oh hell yeah! That’d be a lot of fun. I’d love to see things like that, honestly,” Sage told VG247. “We’ll see what the future holds. I mean, hopefully, people love the game. And hopefully, they love all the source material and they want to do that.”

Sage further talked about other places the franchise could reach out in to, including toys, plushies, and a Borderlands theme park, which would feature at least a log flume ride centered around Claptrap. Of course, none of these things is even close to being a thing, so we’ll just have to settle for the spectacle of the trailer below.

sources: Reddit via VG247, VG247, YouTube
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angrakhan

Can someone explain why everyone hates the Epic launcher? I seriously don’t know.

That being said I can understand why a developer wouldn’t want to host on Steam. They take a pretty extraordinary cut considering how little they really do. Steam didn’t contribute a single dime to the development of Borderlands 3, but they’re going to want 20-25% of the take for just hosting the binaries and a store front page for the game? I mean damn, I wish I had thought of starting that business. Borderlands 2 sold over 13 million copies. This game will easily hit 10. At $60 a pop, that’s $600 million buck of revenue. Steam gets %20 of that for hosting binaries? Really? I can see why a developer would shoot Steam the middle finger.

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rosieposie

There really is no objective reason, aside from ‘feels’ and laziness.

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camren_rooke

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I may release the response here six months from now if you’d like to wait.

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chriskovo .

Basic lack of standardized features, hell they didn’t even have a return module built into their platform. They basically decided one day to be a distributor but did not put the effort to put in standardized features at this point that most of these services have. So everything seems to be rather hackneyed. Add that to the fact they are forcing exclusion from other platforms for sales and you get why everyone is bitching about it. If they were just another market that charged developers less i would be all for it but with its polices or exclusivity deals and actually not allowing other developers if you dont do exclusivity deals you get the shit show they are.

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Mewmew

Epic Launcher hasn’t even had Cloud Saving. They’ve been getting it in some games now by getting the companies to set it up themselves but the majority of them haven’t had it (Steam on the other hand does cloud saving through Steam for everything).

It’s just another thing I don’t want or need. I have enough launchers and game platforms. I have 773 games on my Steam library, I’d rather have them all in that one place. I tend to forget about a lot of other games using other launchers. My friends are on Steam, that’s where we get together to play stuff. It’s a pain in the butt to use other launchers, especially clunky inefficient launchers that aren’t as smooth to go through.

Competition is good obviously. Exclusivity, not so much for us. If they were to release on all the launchers together, we could pick our favorite and buy and play it there. If they want to sell if cheaper on one to drive people there, I wouldn’t have an issue with that either. We’d still have the choice of where to get it.

Epic may make out like it’s doing this huge favor to the gaming world by taking a smaller percentage of sales, but they’re really only doing a favor for themselves trying to make more money. So yeah, nice try, Epic.

If you give us the option to buy multiple places, I have no issue with wherever they want to sell them and whatever people want to use. Making it exclusive to Epic’s clunker of a no cloud save launcher isn’t something very enjoyable though.

So I simply won’t buy it while it’s on Epic’s store. Unless they did something crazy like a 90% discount or something. But if they had a 90% discount, and Steam had a 50% discount, I’d still go get it on Steam because I don’t need another launcher in my life.

Really the more I think about it the more I’m fine waiting until it’s out on Steam. Heck they’ll probably be releasing a number of interesting new DLCs or new characters I’d rather play by then anyway.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

I do understand people that want to have all your games on the same platform, so they don’t want to deal with yet another launcher. But yeah, it’s devs (or publishers) decision to accept the financial aid or not. If it was me as an indie dev with this kind of choice? I would probably accept it, since it’s not easy to small devs to receive this kind of help from a publisher.

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chriskovo .

So who else is waiting for this to come out on steam? :P

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Jack Pipsam

Randy Pitchford tho.

I feel like the only Borderlands game I really liked was the Telltale one, that was pretty enjoyable.

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Mewmew

I don’t think this has been mentioned here – but the PC Download for Borderlands 3 is an Epic Store exclusive for at least 6 months. So you won’t be getting it on Steam anytime soon.

I don’t think I’m getting this one at release. I’m not going to be forced to use Epic’s store.

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camren_rooke

“So you won’t be getting it on Steam anytime soon.”

This has multiple meanings all are correct for myself.

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Mewmew

Haha :P Well for most of us Steam is still our PC digital download platform of choice. Though I don’t know if this is because you don’t care for Steam, or are just done with or don’t care for Borderlands games.

I’d much rather play a full MMORPG version of this (not the weird Chinese knockoff licensed one, but a full one made by Gearbox). I love Borderlands games but am into bigger multiplayer games rather than the limited friend or two multiplayer.

Though I own the prequel one and never installed it, I could skip straight through to 3. Probably. The more I think of it the more I’d rather play an online version and can just put this one off.

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BalsBigBrother

I didn’t use the Epic Store to purchase my copy of B3 I used the Humble Store. I won’t even see the Epic launcher either as I have linked my Epic account to GoG Galaxy 2.0 beta launcher so I will be using that instead to launch the game, which is nice.

If Galaxy 2.0 wasn’t an option I wouldn’t have much of a problem just using Epic as a launcher though.

I am just won’t be using their store directly any time soon due to some things that they do with regards to EU and consumer protection issues (which I won’t go over again as I have beaten that particular horse to death already.)

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, I’m in a similar camp. The way I see it, this is Early Access/Beta for the real launch on Steam later.

I’m sure there’s going to be at least one big controversy at launch.

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Arktouros

I’m 100% not getting this on release, and I pretty much own all the Borderlands games and all their DLCs and even most of the skin DLCs.

Not even sure I’m going to bother at all even when it does come to Steam, feel like it sends the wrong message that it’s okay to take exclusivity money when they know they’d sell a bojillion copies of the game on any platforms they release it on.

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BalsBigBrother

I am quite looking forward to this game and I am sure that I will be putting a lot of hours into it much like I did with the previous ones. Still after the launch trailer I have been actively avoiding any videos relating to the game as I want as much of it to be a surprise to me as possible.

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camren_rooke

I hope you enjoy the hell out of it.

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Mewmew

I hope you also enjoy the Epic Store :P I guess a lot of people don’t care, but for many of us it’s a sore spot. The soonest I’ll be getting it is April 2020, when it’s released on other digital download services.

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BalsBigBrother

See above :)

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Emiliano Lozada

Except you can buy it elsewhere and go around the EGS. Due to full Humble integration that was added a while back.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m probably going to take a pass on this one. I enjoyed BL1 and 2, not the pre-sequel quite as much, but it’s always been kind of the same joke over and over. If I get it eventually, it’ll be after it’s on sale.

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I was mentioning at work that Borderlands 3 feels, at least to me, like it lives in the same liminal space as the Avatar sequels, answering a demand for more of a hit that was based more about when the title was a hit than some innate quality.