'Borderlands 3' Release Date And 5 Things To Know Before You Play

Credit: Gearbox Software

One of the most anticipated games of the fall release season is almost here. Borderlands might not have the name recognition of Gears or Star Wars, some of 2019's other big games, but it's still a beloved franchise with an active player base that's been waiting for this game for years. It's also had no shortage of controversy in the past couple of years, not so much because of the game but mostly because of the antics of Gearbox Software's CEO, who has a habit of finding himself in lurid legal trouble. But at the end of the day that doesn't have anything to do with the game, which we're almost ready to play. REad on for the release date and five things to know before you play

Release Date: Borderlands 3 comes out on September 13, 2019.

You're either going to love the writing or hate it: This is Borderlands, and for better or for worse, Borderlands has a very particular style. It's always had a particular sort of over-the-top writing style that throws jokes at you nearly as often as it does bullets, and that can be pretty tough if you don't find those jokes to be all that funny. So know what you're coming in for: if you've played the previous Borderlands games and don't find the humor to be almost unbearably painful, more power to you. If you do, however, this is going to be a major part of your experience and there's really no way around it.

1 billion guns: This is the promise that Gearbox made before development, and the developer says it's actually a vast undercount. So you can count an absolute ton of weapons in this game. Clearly, this doesn't mean 1 billion unique, bespoke weapons, because that would have meant that this game would have been in development for hundreds of years. It leans heavily on randomized loot, like most games of this sort. Still, the team has definitely delivered on a huge amount of variety when it comes to what you'll be slinging against the hordes of Pandora (and elsewhere).

It's More Borderlands: This is of a kind with the writing point, but it's also sort of the main thing you want to know going into this game. There has been a ton of change in the world of game development since Bordlerands 2, but Gearbox is intentionally leaning on an older style of game here, and so Borderlands 3 looks a whole lot like Borderlands 2. Which is great news if you've grown tired of some recent trends in the gaming industry, but it can still be a little bit jarring if you're not expecting it. The game has plenty of endgame grind, but it's still mostly focused on its single-player/co-op campaign.

It's an RPG: Most games are RPGs in some way, shape or form these days, but Borderlands 3 is one of those loot shooters that leans a little more heavily on RPG element. That means that not only will you be selecting a character at the beginning, you'll also be speccing that character out with skill points as you go along. It's the sort of thing that always stresses me out a little bit, but Borderlands 3 will be heaven for min-maxers who try to get everything their character does and every weapon they fire into perfect harmony.

It's a solo game, but it's also a co-op game: These sorts of games always give me a bit of a headache. Sure, you can definitely play it solo and there are characters that are better suited than others to the solo experience. But you can also play it co-op, and it's clear that co-op at times feels like the "true" experience, where you can get more than one character rolling and really start using some of those complimentary systems and more complex game mechanics. So remember that if you're struggling as a solo player: the co-op experience remains very important to the game, even if it's also tuned for solo play.

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Credit: Gearbox Software

One of the most anticipated games of the fall release season is almost here. Borderlands might not have the name recognition of Gears or Star Wars, some of 2019's other big games, but it's still a beloved franchise with an active player base that's been waiting for this game for years. It's also had no shortage of controversy in the past couple of years, not so much because of the game but mostly because of the antics of Gearbox Software's CEO, who has a habit of finding himself in lurid legal trouble. But at the end of the day that doesn't have anything to do with the game, which we're almost ready to play. REad on for the release date and five things to know before you play

Release Date: Borderlands 3 comes out on September 13, 2019.

You're either going to love the writing or hate it: This is Borderlands, and for better or for worse, Borderlands has a very particular style. It's always had a particular sort of over-the-top writing style that throws jokes at you nearly as often as it does bullets, and that can be pretty tough if you don't find those jokes to be all that funny. So know what you're coming in for: if you've played the previous Borderlands games and don't find the humor to be almost unbearably painful, more power to you. If you do, however, this is going to be a major part of your experience and there's really no way around it.

1 billion guns: This is the promise that Gearbox made before development, and the developer says it's actually a vast undercount. So you can count an absolute ton of weapons in this game. Clearly, this doesn't mean 1 billion unique, bespoke weapons, because that would have meant that this game would have been in development for hundreds of years. It leans heavily on randomized loot, like most games of this sort. Still, the team has definitely delivered on a huge amount of variety when it comes to what you'll be slinging against the hordes of Pandora (and elsewhere).

It's More Borderlands: This is of a kind with the writing point, but it's also sort of the main thing you want to know going into this game. There has been a ton of change in the world of game development since Bordlerands 2, but Gearbox is intentionally leaning on an older style of game here, and so Borderlands 3 looks a whole lot like Borderlands 2. Which is great news if you've grown tired of some recent trends in the gaming industry, but it can still be a little bit jarring if you're not expecting it. The game has plenty of endgame grind, but it's still mostly focused on its single-player/co-op campaign.

It's an RPG: Most games are RPGs in some way, shape or form these days, but Borderlands 3 is one of those loot shooters that leans a little more heavily on RPG element. That means that not only will you be selecting a character at the beginning, you'll also be speccing that character out with skill points as you go along. It's the sort of thing that always stresses me out a little bit, but Borderlands 3 will be heaven for min-maxers who try to get everything their character does and every weapon they fire into perfect harmony.

It's a solo game, but it's also a co-op game: These sorts of games always give me a bit of a headache. Sure, you can definitely play it solo and there are characters that are better suited than others to the solo experience. But you can also play it co-op, and it's clear that co-op at times feels like the "true" experience, where you can get more than one character rolling and really start using some of those complimentary systems and more complex game mechanics. So remember that if you're struggling as a solo player: the co-op experience remains very important to the game, even if it's also tuned for solo play.

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