Gearbox showed off the first gameplay footage of Borderlands 3 overnight in LA, and if you’ve been hungry for details about the upcoming game, there’s a lot here for you to drool over.
On top of the official live stream, which goes for about two hours, plenty of content creators have posted their own screen captures from the event, giving different playstyles and angles to the various missions attendees got to play through.
Visually, Borderlands 3 maintains the aesthetic the franchise is known for, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The cell-shaded approach still looks amazing and not at all dated, if that’s something you were worried about.
New controls have been added, as well. Your character will now be able to crouch, slide, and mantle up ledges, which is a great addition. Not being able to mantle up frustratingly low ledges in 2019 is a goddamn crime if you ask me.
Some weapons will now come with an alternate fire mode, some of which are pretty interesting. One of the game’s pistols, for example, allows you to fire a tracking bullet which all the following bullets in the clip will trace. But that could be devastating if your tracking shot is a bung one, so I hope you’ve got decent aim.
Borderlands 3 also has a reworked skill tree system which you can see in the official demo video below.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford also told the audience that the game won’t have unwanted microtransactions outside of purely cosmetic items, which is always good to hear.
Gaming YouTuber, Datto, also put out 40 minutes of continuous gameplay which shows off a fair bit, so if you’re hungry for even more, you can see that below.
Borderlands 3 is scheduled for release on September 13 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. In terms of the PC release, it’ll be an Epic Games Store exclusive until April 2020.Image: Gearbox