Meet The Family
Fearless renegade mercenaries on the wildest interplanetary treasure hunt of all time. FL4K is a wandering robotic tracker whose cold steel heart warms only for their pet beasts. Amara beats bad guys into pancakes with her psychic fists. Moze’s best friend is a 10-ton walking killing machine. And Zane, the semi-retired corporate hitman… well, he’s Zane.
Choose Your Vault Hunter
About the Vault Hunters
Borderlands 3 will feature 4 playable characters at launch. The following character classes have been presented; a Soldier, Siren, Assassin, and Hunter Class. Each Vault Hunter has its own unique skills and abilities. Unlike previous Borderlands games, the heroes in Borderlands 3 will have three action skills at their disposal. Also, their skill trees have an unique twist to them, giving them their own play style.
Borderlands 3 has been modernized and so has the movement capabilities of the playable characters. You will now be able to perform slides. You can perform such a move by press the crouch button (B on the Xbox controller) while you are running. Now you can slide behind cover if you are taking heavy fire but you can also use it to sneak up on enemies that are behind cover. While sliding you are able to turn the camera and get those shots in early for a surprise attack.
Another new game mechanic is the ability to climb up objects. If you see a container you can jump and grab the ledge to pull yourself up. Now you can take the high ground Obi-wan and shoot down at your foes.
The ‘buttslam’ mechanic from Borderlands the Pre-Sequel makes its way to Borderlands 3. While the overall game doesn’t have the low gravity environments from the previous game, it does let you perform a slam when you have enough altitude. Since Borderlands 3 has a lot more vertical level design and your ability to climb up to objects makes this a useful attack to get the jump on your opponents.
The playable character will occasionally react to the things happening in the world (source). During dialogue scenes, each hero will respond differently to the NPCs. Gearbox already did some of this in Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, in Battleborn they expanded on this, and in Borderlands 3 they will go even further.
- At launch the Character Level Cap was set to LVL50 just like previous games in the franchise.
- With the February 13th patch, you will be able to level up to level 53 (1 skill short to reach 2 capstones)
- With the March 26th patch, you will be able to level up to level 57 (Release DLC2)
- With the June 25th patch, you will be able to level up to level 60 (Release DLC3)
Every Vault hunter has 3 skill trees where you can spend your skill points on. Each skill tree provides different skills to strenghten your character. There are skill trees that incease your characters damage output, another increases your survivability, or mixes the gameplay up. All skill trees provide options that change the way you can play or utilize your action skill.
- Passive Skills: These increase your characters abilities.
- Augments: These change the way your action skill works
- Capstone: These end tier skills provide your character with a new ability.
Vault Hunter Skill Trees
I have a guide that tells you how each of the skill trees work. If you just want to take a look at the induvidual skill trees of each of the Vault Hunters then check out the links below.
Gearbox Software is really focussing on having various viable character builds for all of the Vault Hunters. By spec-ing out your character with the right skills and legendary gear, you can create devestating builds that just erase your opponents.
Additional Vault Hunters?
At the launch of Borderlands 3, we will start with 4 playable Vault Hunters. The previous two Borderlands games, Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, started out with the same number of playable characters but eventually went up to 6 Vault Hunters for each game. When Randy Pitchford was asked if they would add new Vault Hunters he didn’t know. They were thinking of expanding on the current ones by adding a new skill tree. I assume that the skill tree is accompanied by a new action skill. The ending of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel contained a cinematic that took place after the events of Borderlands 2. In this sequence ‘the Watcher’ mentioned that a war is coming and that the heroes would need a lot of Vault Hunters for this upcoming event. So it would be cool to see a lot of new playable characters, however, judging the scope of the game and how expansive the current BL3 Vault Hunters are it wouldn’t surprise me if they took the other route.
For the latest Borderlands 3 updates check the news section.