Borderlands 3: All you need to know

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Release date, characters, co-op -- we've got all the details.

The Borderlands 3 reveal took place overnight, and like we told you, Aussies: you could have went to bed early. Despite Stevivor obtaining most of these details yesterday afternoon via leaks and early ads, here’s all you need to know. Officially.

Borderlands 3 release date

As expected, the Borderlands 3 release date is 13 September across Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

According to Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford, the release will be a “love letter to fans” and so much more.

“For the past several years, the team at Gearbox Software has been devoting every ounce of our passion, creativity and love into making Borderlands 3 the biggest, baddest and most ambitious Borderlands adventure we’ve ever made,” Pitchford said.

Borderlands 3 is being crafted not only as a love letter to fans of the series, but also as an ideal entry point for new players to jump-in alone or cooperatively, on or off-line, in the latest and greatest installment of the definitive best-in-class benchmark shooter-looter.”

Borderlands 3’s story so far

We’ll have to play the waiting game to learn more of Borderlands 3‘s story past the details we already know.

“Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seeking badasses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization,” 2K advised. “Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect bazillions of guns and loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy – the Calypso Twins.”

The new characters have been detailed accordingly:

  • Moze as THE GUNNER: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs her mech – Iron Bear – for a sucker punch of additional firepower.
  • Amara as THE SIREN: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara uses her Siren powers to smash her enemies.
  • FL4K as THE BEASTMASTER: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers.
  • Zane as THE OPERATIVE: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.

More details will be given in an extended gameplay reveal event on 1 May.

Borderlands 3 co-op capabilities

We now know that Borderlands 3 will support 2-player offline split-screen co-op and up to 4-player online co-op. Grab some friends!

Borderlands 3 special editions

As leaked early, four editions of the game will be available, as follows:

  • Borderlands 3 standard edition ($99.95 AUD)
    • The base game
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition($129.95 AUD)
    • The base game;
    • Retro Cosmetic Pack: Vault Hunter head & skin, Echo Device skin, weapon skin;
    • Neon Cosmetic Pack: Vault Hunter head & skin, Echo Device skin, weapon trinket;
    • Gearbox Cosmetic Pack: weapon skin, weapon trinket;
    • Toy Box Weapon Pack: 2 Toy guns, Toy grenade mod, weapon trinket;
    • XP & Loot Drop Boost Mods.
  • Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition ($149.95 AUD)
    • The contents of the Deluxe edition plus the Borderlands 3 Season Pass:
      • Four (4) campaign DLC packs featuring new stories, missions and challenges;
      • Butt Stallion weapon skin, weapon trinket, and grenade mod.
  • Borderlands 3 Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition ($349.95 AUD)
    • Everything from the Super Deluxe Edition, plus:
      • Diamond Loot Chest Replica: Featuring a functional retractable lid, this chest is perfect for storing your real-world loot;
      • Borderlands 3 character figurines (x10): Make room on your shelf for the whole crew, including the four new Vault Hunters, the fanatical Calypso Twins, and some of your favorite characters from the Borderlands universe! (Approximately 3” tall.);
      • Sanctuary 3 snap model: Construct your very own Sanctuary 3 model ship and display it proudly on its included stand;
      • Vault Key keychains (x4): Because you never know when you might stumble across an unopened Vault;
      • Cloth galaxy map: Discover new worlds beyond Pandora with Typhon DeLeon’s map of the Borderlands;
      • Character art lithographs (x5): Unique character prints starring the new Vault Hunters and fanatical Calypso Twins;
      • Borderlands 3 Steelbook case: A gorgeous metal case for any collector’s shelf.

At the moment, EB Games Australia has listings (or pre-order landing pages) for each of the four collections, while JB Hi-Fi has listings for the standard and Deluxe Editions of the game.

Borderlands 3 pre-order bonuses

Any of the editions below can be pre-ordered, depending on region. Those who pre-order will receive:

  • Gold weapon skins
  • Gold weapon trinket.

Borderlands 3 PC availability is through the Epic Games Store

“Developed from the ground up with AMD, Borderlands 3 will take full advantage of the most powerful PC hardware available, and is optimized for top performance and incredible gaming experiences on AMD Radeon™ graphics cards and Ryzen CPUs,” 2K and Gearbox said in a press release, buttering PC players up.

“At launch on September 13, Borderlands 3 will be available for PC exclusively through the Epic Games store,” the release continued. “Borderlands 3 will be available on additional PC digital storefronts in April 2020.”

2K took a moment to explain the exclusivity deal.

“The PC gaming community has been an important part of the success of the Borderlands series, and we are excited to be partnering with Epic who recognize its worldwide popularity and share in our commitment to bring Borderlands 3 to this rapidly expanding audience,” said 2K President, David Ismailer.

“Our mission, in addition to delivering the most engaging and captivating entertainment experiences, is to embrace new distribution platforms that will contribute to our effort to grow the audience for Borderlands 3.”

Borderlands 3 heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 13 September.