Borderlands 3: Release date and character classes confirmed

Gearbox Software has officially confirmed Borderlands 3 and revealed lots of juicy information including character classes, the release date and more.

This whacky action-packed shooter has already seen a couple of trailers drop, both stuffed with bombastic set pieces and an avalanche of guns and gadgets.

With Borderlands’ staple humour well and truly present, Borderlands 3 could be bringing some much needed personality to the looter shooters that have bombarded consoles and PC over recent years.

With the Borderlands franchise having already shipped 41 million units, there’s little doubt that Borderlands 3 is going to make an explosive impact during its September launch.

Want to know every morsel of information about this upcoming game? Trusted Reviews has rounded up everything you need to know about Borderlands 3 including all the latest news, gameplay, release date, trailers and more.

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Borderlands 3 release date – when is it coming out?

Borderlands 3 will launch on 13 September 2019 worldwide for PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC via the Epic Games Store.

Pre-order the standard edition of the shooter sequel and you’ll get a gold weapon skin and weapon trinket as a bonus. And if you pre-order through UK retailer GAME, you’ll also get a free Psycho Mask bundled in.

Special versions have been confirmed too, including a Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition that bundles in all sorts of goodies including cosmetic packs and weapons. And then there are the Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition and Borderlands 3 Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition, both exclusive to GAME – the former boasts extra missions and story content as well as steel-book case, while the latter comes with a season pass and physical treats such as figurines, a cloth map and a Sanctuary 3 model ship.

Borderlands 3 trailer – how does it look?

You can watch the surprisingly long reveal trailer below which provides a glimpse at four new Vault Hunters, a duo of dastardly villains and lots and lots and lots of guns. 

Borderlands 3 details – what’s new to the series?

Borderlands 3 tasks you with using a massive (and we mean massive) arsenal of guns and gadgets to thwart the Calypso Twins from wreaking havoc across the galaxy. Obviously the loony Borderlands humour will be in full effect here, so this certainly won’t be a gritty ‘save the world’ sci-fi story.

You’ll get to pick one of four Vault Hunters to get shooty with, each with their own abilities, play styles and skill trees. The playable characters are:

  • Moze the Gunner
  • Amara the Siren
  • FL4K the Beastmaster
  • Zane the Operative

The Gunner is self explanatory. The Siren is a brawler capable of summoning ghostly fists to do the punching for her. The Beastmaster is just as lazy, getting its chummy critters to deal with the combat. And finally, the Operative is the stealth option, claiming more gadgets and gizmos than Q from James Bond.

There will also be new maps and environments to explore this time round, as you explore worlds beyond the planet Pandora. From desolate deserts to crowded cities, Gearbox Software promises a lot of locations to loot.

And with the Borderlands series renown for its co-op mode, there’s a fancy new level-sync system this time round. Whether you’re playing online or split-screen, you can play with any of your friends regardless of level or mission progress. You won’t have to worry about fighting over loot like vultures over a carcass either, as every individual player will reap the rewards despite taking down enemies as a team.

We’ll update this section once we get more information. Expect there to be a huge info drop during E3 this June.

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Borderlands 3 gameplay wishlist – things we’d love to see

Keep the loot coming!

Borderlands original pitch was focused entirely on the obscene number of weapons to be found across Pandora. In both games, it wasn’t uncommon to come across a new firearm every couple of minutes.

You were constantly switching up your arsenal to increase attack power and accommodate for different enemy types. We want this to continue in Borderlands 3, and perhaps be expanded upon with greater weapon types and potential for customisation.

A bigger, better villain

Handsome Jack proved to be a brilliantly entertaining villain in Borderlands 2, and the cavalcade of downloadable content only went and introduced more and more lovingly crafted baddies.

We want Borderlands 3 to take things up a notch, introducing a primary antagonist capable of constantly outsmarting us right until the very end. This will make bringing them down all the more satisfying.

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A few extra multiplayer modes

Destiny 2 is arguably the king of loot-driven shooters at the moment, meaning Gearbox Software has a lot of catching up to do if it hopes to dethrone Bungie’s juggernaut. Perhaps an assortment of objective-based and team deathmatch modes could work in the Borderlands framework, having classes assist each other with different abilities like they would in Blizzard’s Overwatch?  

Having you and friends team up for something beyond shooting the fudge out of AI-controlled enemies could work really well, especially if the modes are curated to take specific advantage of all the different class variants.

More Classes!

The first two titles experimented with different classes, but never massively expanded its ambition in terms of how many classes we could toy with at any given time. We’ve already seen four confirmed, but we’d love to see more added in at a later date. 

In addition, we’d also love to see a fully-fledged hub area where we can create and swap between multiple characters. If Borderlands 3 ends up being as staggeringly large as its predecessors, we’d love more than a couple of heroes to choose from at any given time. Being stuck with same skills and abilities across the entire campaign can grow a bit tiresome.

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