The official announcement for Borderlands 3 has just come in, confirming its launch on September 13th. It will be playable on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and will be available exclusively on the Epic Store until April 2020. Since the game is developed on the Unreal Engine, it doesn’t have to pay any royalty fees for proceeds coming from the Epic Store. The gameplay reveal will occur on May 1st. The developers have also partnered with AMD to give an optimized experience on Radeon GPUs and Ryzen CPUs.

In fact, this isn’t just a mere partnership, and as per the company, the game will be built from the ground up for AMD hardware. This means that team red should be able to run Borderlands 3 much better than rivals NVIDIA and Intel when it finally launches in April next year. I’m interested in seeing how much of a performance gap there’ll be between GeForce and Radeon GPUs, and whether the upcoming Zen2 CPUs can actually beat Intel’s chips in the PC gaming benchmarks.

Statement from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford:

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. 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 instalment of the definitive best-in-class benchmark shooter-looter.

Statement from 2K president David Ismailer:

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. 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 cover art
Borderlands 3 cover art

Some details on the game are given below:

Description

The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure! 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. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.

What’s New

A Mayhem-Fueled Thrill Ride: Stop the fanatical Calypso Twins from uniting the bandit clans and claiming the galaxy’s ultimate power. Only you, a thrill-seeking Vault Hunter, have the arsenal and allies to take them down.

Your Vault Hunter, Your Playstyle: Become one of four extraordinary Vault Hunters, each with unique abilities and playstyles, deep skill trees, and tons of personalization options. All Vault Hunters are capable of awesome mayhem alone, but together, they are unstoppable.

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.

Lock, Load, and Loot: With bazillions of guns and gadgets, every fight is an opportunity to score new gear. Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, got that too.

New Borderlands: Discover new worlds beyond Pandora, each featuring unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Tear through hostile deserts, battle your way across war-torn cityscapes, navigate deadly bayous, and more!

Quick & Seamless Co-Op Action: With a new level-sync system, the experience scales for each individual player. That means you can play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress. Take down enemies and challenges as a team, but reap rewards that are yours alone –no one misses out on loot.

What’s Back and Better Than Ever (Franchise Features)Bazillions of Guns: With multiple distinct weapons manufacturers, a revolutionary content generation system, and special legendary drops to uncover, your ever-improving arsenal comes with near-infinite possibilities.

RPG Progression: Slay your foes, gain experience points, and build out extensive skill trees unique to each of the four Vault Hunters.

Rich Universe: Uncover the rewarding mysteries, memorable inhabitants, and deep lore of the extensive Borderlands narrative universe.

Intense Vehicular Combat: Get behind the wheel and engage in frenetic vehicle-to-vehicle combat.

Radical Art Style: Traditional rendering techniques combined with hand-drawn textures give Borderlands its iconic style.

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