Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal: Everything We Learned

Gearbox has given fans a few glimpses at Borderlands 3 earlier this year, but now the developer has properly unveiled the title as part of a big gameplay reveal event on May 1. The hour-long livestream gave us our first good look at the upcoming shooter in action, as we got more information about its new playable characters/Vault Hunters, weapons, gameplay wrinkles, and much more.

You can rewatch the event above. We’ll also be livestreaming our own Borderlands 3 gameplay (showcasing the new character Zane; you can see Amara the Siren below) from there to further give you a sense of what to expect. We also got to chat with Gearbox ahead of the event and try the game out for ourselves, where we found you can play solo without any issues, which will be welcome news to some. (Local and online co-op play is also supported, with the option to share loot or not.) Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford also noted Borderlands 3 won’t have loot boxes, although there will be microtransactions in some form. Post-launch DLC was also confirmed, but not with any specifics.

New gameplay details include the ability to crouch-slide and climb up ledges; we also got a look at some skill trees and some of the new characters and their abilities in action. Gearbox also showcased the game’s new villains, the Calypso twins, and how it (sort of) brings back Handsome Jack.

Borderlands 3 takes inspiration from Titanfall, which is always a welcome point of comparison, and it brings back Sirens–who are very important in Borderlands 3’s story (which didn’t originally start out on Pandora).

Borderlands 3’s release date is set for September 13 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more coverage of the game, and check out the video below for a recap of the highlights of what we learned during the gameplay reveal event. The original story follows.

Gearbox is giving the world another look at Borderlands 3. The developer is holding a big livestream reveal event today, May 1, which will showcase the first hands-on gameplay of the upcoming loot shooter.

The Borderlands 3 gameplay reveal stream will be broadcast on the official Borderlands website and Twitch channel. You’ll be able to tune in right here on GameSpot as well when the time comes and watch the stream above. Fans will also have the ability to potentially earn some in-game loot by watching Twitch streamers play the game via a new Echocast extension.

Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Stream Start Times

  • 10 AM PT
  • 1 PM ET
  • 6 PM BST

Borderlands 3 had long been rumored, but Gearbox officially announced the title last month in a rather…memorable livestream presentation during PAX East 2019. A few days later, the developer shared another trailer for the game. This one introduced its cast–including its four new playable Vault Hunters–and confirmed its released date: September 13, 2019.

The latest Borderlands 3 trailer also gave us our first look at the game’s antagonists, the Calypso twins, and confirmed a handful of returning characters. You can read more about the upcoming game in our roundup of what we know about Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. However, players hoping to pick it up on the latter will need to do so from the Epic Games Store, as the game will be exclusive to Epic’s storefront until April 2020. That move certainly wasn’t met without controversy, however, and users began review bombing previous Borderlands games on Steam in response.

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ThinkGeek Sitewide Flash Sale Includes 80% Off All Clearance Items

May is finally here, and ThinkGeek is ready to do some spring cleaning on its clearance section. To kick off the new month, the digital store is offering 75% off all clearance items, plus an additional 25% off all items in your cart. That 25% off discount applies both to full-price items and clearance items that have already been slashed by 75%. In case you don’t feel like doing the math, that’s a full 81% off clearance items that are already on sale.

Some important information: This sale only runs for 24 hours, so you’ll want to grab whatever you’re interested in buying between now and 9 PM PT on May 1 (12 AM ET on May 2). Once you add things to your cart, you’ll see the discount automatically applied–no coupon code needed.

If you’re not familiar with ThinkGeek, the retailer is one of the top online places to get officially licensed merchandise and collectibles from practically any fandom or interest, from Star Wars and Game of Thrones to Pokemon, Borderlands, Dungeons & Dragons, and many, many more. ThinkGeek’s stuff tends to be reasonably priced in general, but with this sale, you’re getting multiple stacked discounts that make these items more affordable than ever.

The clearance section currently offers quite a wide range of items, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Marvel products. Some of them are ThinkGeek exclusives, and everything is officially licensed. Browse the full collection of items on sale at ThinkGeek, and see some of the products that caught our eye below.

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[UPDATE 3:17 PM ET]: All of the below items have sold out. However, the sale is still going strong over at ThinkGeek, so be sure to check out the clearance section and grab anything you want before the sale ends tonight.

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Solar Orbit Necklace

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Just a reminder–Mother’s Day is coming up in just a couple of weeks, so this might be a good chance to pick up something your mom or significant other would like. This solar system necklace crafted with gemstones is particularly stunning. (Plus, check out our other Mother’s Day gift ideas if you need some more inspiration.)

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Twerkbot9000

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This little dude has one purpose only: to twerk until his little plywood body can twerk no more. This DIY robot kit comes with 212 laser cut pieces and other supplies so you can actually put it together yourself–and of course, display it somewhere where everyone can see and be amazed.

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Borderlands Hand-Painted Framed Resin Masks

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These hand-crafted resin masks come mounted in a shadow box frame for display. Note that right now, only the Psycho Bandit replica appears to be available.

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Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger

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Take Star Wars’ adorable rolling droid with you on the go, plug it into your 12V vehicle power adaptor, and let it charge your electronics with its two 2.1A USB charging points.

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Fallout Shower Curtain

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Based on Bethesda’s Perk poster, this Fallout shower curtain is both practical and a cool piece of decor for your bathroom.

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Super Nintendo Triptych

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Been looking for some wall art for your gaming area? This wall art set pays tribute to the SNES controller, and each piece comes framed with a metal wall hanger on the back.

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Pikachu Coin Bank

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It’s a Pikachu that will hoard all your spare coins–what else do you need to know?

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Undertale Soundtrack Vinyl 2LP

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Whether you actually own a record player or enjoy collecting vinyls for the aesthetic, you’ve got some solid options to consider in this sale, including this gorgeous Undertale album or this double LP for Dark Souls II.

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Star Wars C-3PO and R2-D2 Chrome Figure Set

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It’s a great time to pick up this chrome-plated figure set if you’re a Star Wars collector, as its full list price is $200 and it’s already 50% off (pre-discounts). Featuring the OG droids, each model lights up and comes with interchangeable accessories.

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Twinkling Milky Way Skirt

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This gorgeous skirt is a dream for anyone who likes cosplay, space, and/or sparkly things. The three-layered skirt is woven with over 60 small LED lights and has six adjustable modes.

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The Art of God of War: Exclusive Edition

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This collector’s item comes with a digital download for God of War, a hardcover coffee table book offering a behind-the-scenes look at the game, and a cloth-covered portfolio with art inspired by the game. This particular edition is exclusive to ThinkGeek with only 1,500 total available to sell.

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Oculus Rift S And Quest Will Launch Next Month, Pre-Orders Are Open

Last month, Oculus revealed that its next step in VR gaming would be a two-pronged approach: a revision of its original headset with the Rift S and a standalone headset in the Quest. Specs and features had been detailed alongside a Spring 2019 release window and a $400 / £400 price tag (Australian pricing is yet to be announced) for each package. Now, Oculus has announced that both will launch simultaneously on May 21–pre-orders for Rift S and Quest are now open as well.

The Rift S makes several improvements over the original Rift, a platform that has been out since March 2016. First off, the Rift S has an increased resolution; it’ll display 1280×1440 per eye, 2560×1440 in total, although it now displays in 80Hz (down from 90Hz). Another addition is integrated audio on the headset and a more comfortable, secure headstrap. The biggest feature, however, is the company’s new inside-out tracking technology called Oculus Insight. This negates the need for external motion sensors since there are five built into the headset, capable of full positional tracking.

Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right)

While the Rift S remains a PC-based platform, the Oculus Quest packs everything you need into the one unit. The standalone VR headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor–a significant upgrade over the specs of the lesser mobile counterpart the Oculus Go. Quest also features Oculus Insight with four built-in sensors to offer full positional, six degree-of-freedom tracking. It’ll display an impressive 2880×1600 resolution (a bit of a bump from the Rift S), but at a lower 72Hz. Two options for storage space will be available: 64GB at $400 / £400 and 128GB at $500 / £500.

A pair of revised Touch controllers come with each headset, which reposition the motion sensor rings to be above the face buttons to track better with the new Insight sensors. We’ve spent some time with the Oculus Quest and will have a definitive review on GameSpot soon.

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