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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