Borderlands 3: Possibly one of the most speculated among all upcoming titles, Borderlands 3 is quite the enigma. That is partly because the previous games in the series have been a wild hit with gamers around the world, garnering numerous fans in the process. But while the first two games were spaced at a gap of merely three years, we didn’t hear anything about the next main installment in the series since the time Borderlands 2 came out. That makes the wait for Borderlands 3 the longest one in the history of the series (that is if we don’t count the 2014 entry).
Quite obviously, this has resulted in the anticipation for the upcoming title going through the roof. However, even though developers Gearbox Software has teased a new Borderlands project a few times this year, we aren’t entirely sure it would be the game that we’re waiting for. So with all these in mind, let’s try to see what could be in store for us in Borderlands 3. But first, we will analyze all the rumors about the upcoming game’s existence.
Borderlands 3 Latest News
Update: Although none of the parties involved have refrained from taking any names, a close look at Take-Two Interactive’s earnings report may be hint enough that Borderlands 3 is coming in 2018. While talking about their plans for the fiscal year 2019 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019), the publishing giants said that they were looking forward to significant profits because of the renewed launch schedule for Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and another unnamed upcoming project curiously described as “a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises.” Now this could mean a lot of things, but for the hopeful, this almost automatically translates to the possibility of Borderlands 3. In fact, if the game really is in development as we believe (refer below), then a 2018 launch seems plausible to us. We hope Gearbox confirms something soon, for in all honesty, all this speculation is driving us desperate.
Borderlands 3 is now confirmed to be in development. Randy Pitchford’s demonstration at the GDC 2017 showed off some new technology which he said could be used in their future titles. Most interesting was the fact that the video footage looked exactly like it belonged to a Borderlands game, and Pitchford did refer to the series a few times during the demo. In addition, it also showed off what looked like a suit-clad character straight out of a Borderlands game. The Gearbox chief did not add any specifics pertaining to Borderlands 3, but the fact that they are developing art techniques that look like they belong nowhere else but to a Borderlands game says more than enough. Watch the video below to see for yourself what Pitchford had to show and tell.
Could This Be Borderlands 3?
Months after Gearbox’s GDC showing, Randy Pitchford posted an interesting picture on his Twitter account. In the picture, we can see the man sporting what looks to be motion capture gear. The attached text is equally curious: “Doing a shoot,” he said. “I may or may not be a psycho bandit in a video game we may or may not be working on.” And Pitchford is not the only one shooting for this mystery game. Renowned illusionist duo Penn and Teller also updated their Twitter profiles with similar pictures, which they say is for a collaboration with Pitchford and his studio.
Doing a shoot… I may or may not be a psycho bandit in a video game we may or may not be working on. Also, happy Bulletstorm launch day! pic.twitter.com/5X9ZzC6kdJ
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 7, 2017
Now here is what has got us guessing. If you take a look at how Pitchford describes the project in the works, it clearly sounds like a tease, and what could he possibly be teasing at a time when we’re all wondering about where the production of Borderlands 3 stands? Another factor is the characters he describes- if you’re acquainted with the series, doesn’t the part of a “psych bandit” fit in seamlessly with the Borderlands world? Also, a new Borderlands project might just be the kind of gig that would invite cameos from some remarkable people.
We may be thinking a bit too much at this point, but we’ll take anything. What do our readers think? Is the game Pitchford is teasing Borderlands 3?
Borderlands 3: What we know so far
We want the Borderlands series to go further ahead with Borderlands 3. But while fans have been eager to hear any concrete news about the upcoming game since the release of Borderlands 2 in 2012, they have been disappointed over and over again. The last time we saw a new game in the franchise was back in 2014 in the form of a spinoff from 2K Australia, which focused on the story of Handsome Jack and how he came to be the villain that he was. However, details about the next entry in the actual series have been very sparse, leading many to conclude that Borderlands 3 may not happen at all.
But that is not the indication that we have got from Gearbox. Back in 2014, Randy Pitchford, Founder and CEO of Gearbox said that the studio had not been working on the next main iteration in the series. But fans did not lose hope as Pitchford did say that the next Borderlands game had to be something on a massive level. “We can imagine what it must achieve, but we don’t know what it is yet:” and that is all that took to make us really hopeful about the future of the series. And we did not have to wait too long.
A year later, Pitchford announced at PAX 2015 that a new Borderlands game, “the big one,” was soon to begin development. As per the announcement, the game will be developed specifically for the Xbox One and PS 4, and soon afterward, the studio began the process soon after the announcement by beginning to hire a team of developers for the upcoming game. After these proceedings, we heard the occasional update from the creators about the status of Borderlands 3, and when its release was being planned. However, the development of Borderlands 3 has not been without its fair share of problems, especially after creator and franchise director Matt Armstrong left the studio in 2015. This year, however, Gearbox announced that Borderlands 3 will be their next release after Battleborn, and the latter came out in May 2016. So we’re pretty eager to see a trailer or a poster launch for Borderlands 3 sometime soon. But even though we expected the studio to make an announcement at this year’s The Game Awards (thanks to Pitchford’s tweet in November), all that the makers promised us was the remastered edition of Bulletstorm.
But that is no reason for us to believe that work on Borderlands 3 has stalled. We understand that the studio needs to take a while to figure things out for a gaming series with cult status. That’s the primary reason behind why Camp Gearbox is so quiet about the proceedings. But all those talks could not have been in vain, so we’re more than certain that the game is underway. We just might have to wait to see it with our own eyes.
Borderlands 3 Gameplay and Features
We know that Borderlands 3 will be huge, and we admit that we’re not quite as creative as the developers over at Gearbox to come up with how exactly the game should be so that it is, indeed, huge. But fans can wish, and fans can speculate. So here are a few of the things that we think could make Borderlands 3 add to all the awesomeness that it already promises to be.
Here we will mainly be focusing on probable Borderlands 3 Gameplay and Features, or you can say what we can expect from this upcoming entry.
Enemy Upgrades: For some reason, we are pretty sure that Gearbox will definitely work on something of this sort. The adversaries that we have seen in the Borderlands series so far definitely blend in with the world. And it is really satisfactory to mow them down with whatever we have got to get to out loot. However, rumor has it that Borderlands 3 will feature an open world setting and that just opens up possibilities in terms of maps, and thereby, new destinations to unlock and explore. Certainly, a scale as big as that will need some new creatures for us to face off against, just to make sure we aren’t bored. So yes, we want new enemies in Borderlands 3, something that will be a different kind of kill, perhaps?
One other very obvious thing to ask for is improved enemy AI for the ones existing, for the sake of unpredictability. Better enemy response will tighten things up, and give us more joy as we encounter the familiar foes.
Better Weapons: We know the Borderlands series has unbelievable weapons, and we’re pretty satisfied on that count. That doesn’t mean that we don’t crave for something new. We say bring on the crazy and give us something more than the machine guns and rocket launchers that we will never get tired of using. We love the old ones, and we’re sure to love the new ones, especially if they are made to be even more varied and out of the box. If anyone can give us weapons we have never dreamed of, Gearbox can. And what better title to do that but Borderlands 3?
Characters: The new game is more than likely to come with new playable characters, but we aren’t sure if the previous protagonists will make a return as NPCs. We don’t mind that. In fact, it was pretty cool in Borderlands 2 to encounter our earlier favorites as quest-givers where we least expected them to be. But coming to the playable protagonists in Borderlands 3, we’re saying that making them a little more real for the players will be a good idea. With better customizing tools than what we had in the last game, we will be able to feel ourselves become the characters now more than ever. Another option is to make them more interactive by adding voice roles.
Better Graphics: Of all the things that make the Borderlands series stand out from others is the unique look that it sports. In terms of graphics, both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 delivered exactly what fans had expected from them. But five years on after the last title came out, one of the things that we can certainly hope to see in Borderlands 3 is a serious graphics hike. But whatever happens, we hope Gearbox will stick to their roots and the new game will feature that same comic book feel from the older days. However, it could definitely do with some tweaks to achieve a more balanced look.
Borderlands 3 Trailer
We hope to get one soon from Gearbox in the form of an announcement. Watch this space to read about what we think about the upcoming game’s look and feel when we finally get the chance.
Borderlands 3 System Requirements
Borderlands 3, according to Gearbox, will be the biggest title to come out in the series yet. In that case, we can expect the game to come with some much needed technical upgrades. And going by Pitchford’s demo at GDC 2017, we will say that things are looking rather good. To play Borderlands 3, you will most likely not need a hugely updated PC, but expect to be demanded more recent specs than the 2012 game required.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements|
|Operating System||Windows 7 64-Bit||Windows 7 64-Bit|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33 GHz||Intel Core i5-2300 @ 2.8 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 3850, OR, NVIDIA GeForce GT 140||AMD Radeon HD 5850, OR, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560|
|DirectX||DX 9||DX 10|
Borderlands 3 Release Date
|Borderlands 2||September, 2012|
|Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel||October, 2014|
According to Gearbox’s first announcement, work had commenced on Borderlands 3 in 2015. But around the time the makers had made the announcement, they had just about started hiring for the upcoming project. We also mentioned that the studio suffered a setback when the series creator left Gearbox in 2015. And going by the lack of regular announcements about Borderlands 3, it is perhaps safe to assume that progress has been somewhat slow. Not that this is a bad thing, as we think the studio will utilize the time well to bring a host of cool things for us. But on the flip side, we don’t think it will come out before 2018 at the earliest, considering the fact that the earlier games needed a similar timeframe before being launched. An early 2019 release is also possible. As for the platforms, Borderlands 3 will be playable for the Xbox One and PS4.
To wrap it all up, we think Borderlands 3 will be one hell of a game to play. We will make sure that our readers stay up to date about any new information about the upcoming title’s gameplay, trailers, release date, and more.