PAX West 2017: Gearbox Software Teases ‘Borderlands 3,’ Announces Borderlands Skins For 'Battleborn'


Fans of Gearbox Software's popular first-person shooter Borderlands have waited long enough. Borderlands 2 came out five years ago, and since then, the studio has spent little to no time talking about the sequel. That changes now.

Development for the much-anticipated Borderlands 3 has now increased significantly, with 90 percent of the entire Gearbox gang working on the game. That comes directly from CEO Randy Pitchford during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at PAX West.

Pitchford chose not to drop any more hints beyond confirming the focus of most of its workforce. Unfortunately, the release date, let alone the unveiling date, remains uncertain. However, Game Rant speculates an announcement could happen sooner rather than later.

Borderlands 3 Announcement Coming Soon?

The first indication of a possible announcement date for the title regards several gaming events and expos lined up going forward, such as Paris Games Week, PlayStation Experience, and The Game Awards. The second indication comes from an alleged leak on a UK retailer, which posted the game on its website before E3.

Both Gearbox and Borderlands publisher 2K Games have dropped hints previously. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K Games, said last month that Borderlands 3 will launch at some point in 2018. Meanwhile, Gearbox released a tech demo during the GDC 2017 festivities this past March.

Expect due coverage as we learn more. Gearbox hasn't announced which platforms Borderlands 3 will support, so at this point, a Nintendo Switch port remains a possibility.

Gearbox, as mentioned, hasn't talked much about Borderlands 3 until now. Practically no information about this game exists, save for speculation. Scott Kester, art director for Borderlands 2, will reportedly return to work on the sequel, which means the game will retain its signature graphics all fans have come to love.

Gearbox Announces 'Borderlands' Skins For 'Battleborn'

At the panel, Gearbox also announced Borderlands-themed skins for Battleborn, its online first-person shooter. It showed six premium skins, including Alani as Maya, Caldarius with Maliwan branding, El Dragón as a Psycho, ISIC as Claptrap, Orendi as Tiny Tina, and Rath as Zer0. In addition to visual upgrades, both ISIC and Rath will come with new audio to match the characters.

The update will also include a new PvP map and balance tweaks to characters.

Thrilled for Borderlands 3? Do you have a wish list for the forthcoming game? As always, feel free to tell us in the comments section below!

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