Video Details New Planet, Co-Op, Returning Characters


Gearbox Software showed the gameplay of Borderlands 3 for the first time in a live broadcast that highlighted a number of new features that the studio is introducing in its upcoming shooting game, which is currently available for pre-order and is also slated to be shown in E3.

And if you're looking for a breakdown of each piece of information, check out our list of 50 details about Borderlands 3 today.

For starters, player movement seems to be much more fluid than in previous games, with Borderlands 3 adding the ability to cover the cover and other parts of the environment as well as allowing players to execute running slides to make the shootings more dynamic .

The Borderlands 3 demo included the new playable character Amara, the Lilith siren, the return of Claptrap and more.

Some of the Borderlands 3 details leaked in April were also confirmed during the game's demo. Weapons are actually assigned a general score, making it easier to quickly discern whether they are better or worse than what you currently have, which should be a great time saver, considering that there are a billion different weapons in the game .

Certain weapons will also have an alternate fire mode, with the example shown in the demonstration of an assault rifle that can be switched to a "hyper missile" launcher.

Changes in the tree system of skills were also evident. Each of the four playable characters now begins the game with three action skills instead of one, with more unlock as the player climbs level. Action skills can also be augmented with elemental effects.

Elsewhere, adjustments to the franchise formula seem numerous in Borderlands 3. The ammo vending machines now feature single-button instant reload option so you are not forced to stop and roll for items, and players can now heal and be cured by NPCs like Claptrap.

At one point in the game show, the view shifted perspective between two players in co-op, in order to highlight the previously announced change in the serve system. It showed that single instances of weapons can be captured by multiple players, and that the level of weapons is automatically scaled relative to the level of the individual player.

Borderlands 3 will offer both rewards and levels for players, but a Classic Mode will also allow players to experience Borderlands 3, such as Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2 played against levels and serves.

The biggest revelation of the demo was the player's spacecraft, called Sanctuary 3, a hubworld for players to use in exploring the galaxy. This large mobile center is home to countless characters like Mad Moxxi, and contains an infirmary, a bar with game machines, individual rooms for the four main characters that can be personalized and even a lost and found machine for any serve you losing track down on the surface of a planet.

It does not look like players will be able to manually pilfer Sanctuary 3, but you can jump into hyperspace and orbit each of the game's planets. If you're wondering, creative director Paul Sage spoke to IGN about how fast travel between the Borderlands 3 planets will work.

The gameplay demo culminated in the revelation of one of these planets, Promethea, which is a futuristic metropolis far from the abandoned lands of Pandora.

Promethea was mentioned in previous Borderlands games, but this is the first time we've seen it, and this is where players will find Zer0, the Borderlands 2 killer-class character who is returning in Borderlands 3 as a non-playable character.

At the revelation event, Randy Pitchford of Gearbox confirmed that the DLC campaign will come and that there will be no free-to-play micro-transactions as part of the experience. Pitchford hopes Borderlands 3 will be a good entry point and a welcome return for fans of the series.

Pitchford also said that Borderlands 3 will appear at E3, Gamescom, PAX and other events, including GuardianCon, the Destiny event in Orlando, Florida.

The long awaited sequel is currently available for pre-order, including the Borderlands 3 collector's edition.

If you are watching Borderlands 3 reveal via Twitch, you will be able to unlock loot in the game. And of course, if you're watching the game's revelation about Borderlands 3 on IGN, stay tuned to our post-show review and more of the event.

Jonathon Dornbush is IGN News Editor and Beyond! Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.


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