Yesterday evening, Gearbox and 2K hosted a special event to take the first look at Borderlands 3 in action, providing an extended stage presentation delving into all we can expect from the co-op shooter.
We got both a new trailer as well as an extensive gameplay reveal. The latter provides a ton more insight into the moment to moment gameplay, showcasing almost an hour of footage.
And, if you loved Borderlands 2 and you’re thirsting for more of that high-octane, loot grabbing FPS action then Borderlands 3 should have you covered. It doesn’t exactly look revolutionary, but we expect it’ll still be a damn good time.
There are four new Vault hunters for players, comprising Moze, Amara, Zane, and FL4K. Zane and Amara were both demoed during the event. Zane is a hitman armed with plentiful gadgets who can utilise a Digi-clone to draw enemy fire, while Amara is a melee-focused Siren with other-worldly arms that extend from her body for some good old-fashioned pummeling (the remaining hunters are Moze, a soldier with a bear mech and FL4K, a robot with warrior pets).. In the footage, they explore the familiar dusty landscape of Pandora, before heading to a brand new planet - Promethea, an urban sprawl bathed in a neon glow.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford also placed himself in the firing line somewhat after announcing onstage that Borderlands 3 “won’t have microtransactions”, before revealing a game with cosmetic microtransactions. It’s difficult to fathom how Pitchford could mess up the messaging this badly, but in a lengthy diatribe on Twitter he tried to explain that microtransactions will not be used for weapons, gear, or other gameplay affecting items, they’re purely cosmetic. He certainly went off the deep end when called out on it though, launching into a bit of a bizarre defense. When it comes to microtransactions, publishers just need to say it and own it, or risk being called out.
Some clarification later game from Gearbox’s Paul Sage, who said to Game Informer "We're selling cosmetic items, but we're not going to nickel and dime players. DLC will come down the line, but the game won't have anything excessive." In-game cosmetic purchases are certainly microtransactions, although Pitchford has been at pains to explain that Borderlands 3 will still be an immensely content-rich game with robust post-launch content plans.
Borderlands 3 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 13th.