Gearbox Software will be hosting a free weekend event for Borderlands 3 this week.Running from Thursday, December 21, until December 24, players on PS4 and Xbox One will have a chance to visit Pandora without having to drop any cash.
The news was announced during The Borderlands Show earlier today alongside plans to release the first of four DLC campaigns. Called Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, players will be recruited by Mad Moxxi and her "crew of eccentric characters" to explore a derelict space-casino formerly owned by Handsome Jack.
The campaign also promises multiple unique zones, new side missions, Crew Challenges, new cosmetics, and new emotes. You must be at least level 13, but the DLC will scale up automatically for higher-leveled players. Moxxi's Heist will release on all platforms on December 19.
Gearbox will also be releasing a free DLC challenge tomorrow: Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite. Intended for level 50 players, this new raid-style challenge promises badass enemies and exclusive loot.
According to information Gearbox released last month, there will be new "riot trooper" enemies sporting elemental shields, and players will have a chance to earn some of the best shields in the game themselves. It's also supposedly designed for replayability and offers even more exclusive enemy types in True Vault Hunter Mode.
Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite is part of a larger content update that will add a new level for Mayhem Mode: Mayhem 4. This mode removes player penalties and applies random modifiers instead, one that will apply to players and another to enemies. The mode will also offer exclusive legendary gear.
In addition to the above, this update will give bosses their own loot-pools to enable better farming, and expand the Bank Space from 50 to 300 slots, add additional vending machines, a new Target Dummy to Sanctuary's shooting range, and improve the interface.
Aside from the free weekend, Xbox One users can currently pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on Xbox Game Pass. A sale on the Xbox Live Marketplace for Borderlands 3 will see the game get a 33% discount during this promotion.