Borderlands 3 officially announced with explosive gameplay trailer

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Borderlands 3, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, and a magic trick by Randy Pitchford highlighted the Gearbox PAX East panel.

After sitting through an hour-long panel at PAX East, which included a lengthy Randy Pitchford magic show, attendees were finally treated to the real reason they had gathered – the reveal of Borderlands 3.

While we’ve known for a while now that Borderlands 3 has been in development at Gearbox, the studio’s PAX panel served as the backdrop for its official unveiling. We were treated to the first trailer for the highly anticipated threequel, which, of course, promises billions of guns.

Gearbox didn’t share any specifics regarding Borderlands 3, but the reveal trailer showcased just about everything fans of the franchise care about: action-packed gameplay, exotic environments, intriguing characters, and billions upon billions of weapons. There was also a groovy sax solo.

Prior to the game’s reveal trailer, Pitchford confirmed the return of some fan-favorite characters, including Sir Hammerlock, Aurelia, Vaughn, an older Tiny Tina, and others. Sadly, Handsom Jack will not be coming back as Pitchford reiterated that he is dead. For real.

Of course, you can expect Borderlands 3 to introduce some new characters as well, and we get a glimpse of them in the trailer. We also see two very intriguing villains in the Calypso twins, though we’ll have to wait to learn more about them.

Lack of details and technical difficulties aside, the trailer for Borderlands 3 most definitely lived up to fan expectations. It was met with thunderous applause by those in attendance, who sat through a second playing of it once all of the issues were sorted out.

Even if you’re completely new to the Borderlands franchise, the trailer for Borderlands 3 did a pretty amazing job as summing up what this wild and crazy franchise is all about – fun! Better yet, if you’ve never played a Borderlands game, Gearbox has an option for you; the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition was also announced.

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Arriving April 3, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is a remake of “the co-op shooter-looter that started it all.”  This is the very first game in the series, released for current-gen consoles with numerous quality of life improvements, like the addition of an on-screen mini-map, the addition of the Shift reward system, cosmetic customization, and co-op split-screen gameplay with up to four players.

When you’re done with that, you can tackle Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, a compilation that includes the “definitive version” of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Seeing as how Borderlands 3 doesn’t yet have a release date, there’s plenty of time to play through the series. Gearbox tweeted shortly after the panel that more details for Borderlands 3 will be coming on April 3.