Borderlands 3 is going to be revealed at PAX East. Probably.
It’s been a long wait. Borderlands 2 came out at the tail end of 2012, with the only other game to give fans that Borderlands fix being Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which arrived in April of 2014. Since then, developers Gearbox have been fooling around with Battleborn, their hero shooter which was quickly eclipsed by Overwatch, and not a whole lot else.
But now that Anthem has turned out to be a flop, Gearbox probably figures it’s time for a REAL looter/shooter game to make an appearance.
Tweeted out on the official Gearbox account yesterday was this simple image with the date of March 28th and location of Boston, Massachusetts.
PAX East takes place in Boston from March 28th to 31st and seems like an ideal location to announce the next Borderlands game.
How do we know this is the long-awaited Borderlands 3? Well, there are a few clues. First, the art style of the teaser is very Borderlands-esque, with both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 using billboards in their title sequences.
The tweet was sent out at 3 PM, the billboard also says “Exit 3” near the top, and March is the third month of the year. There are way too many signs for it to NOT be Borderlands 3.
We know that Borderlands 3 is definitely in development. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford all but announced the game at PAX South back in 2015, with the company performing a hiring blitz shortly afterward. Then at the 2017 Game Developer’s Conference, Pitchford presented an Unreal 4 tech demo that had some distinctly Borderlands characters and scenery.
It may be five years later, but with fans up in arms over BioWare’s looter/shooter being a horrendous grind, now might finally be the time for Borderlands to come in and steal the show.
As for what we can expect in Borderlands 3, that’s a tightly-kept secret. We know that Mikey Neumann, the voice of Scooter, will be writing the game, and that it will likely pick up where Borderlands 2 left off: with many vaults opening on many worlds for Pandora’s heroes to explore.
Will we have the same characters to play? The same Psychos to kill? The same Scags to run over with sci-fi dune buggies? We’ll have to wait until March 28th to find out.