Borderlands 3 Roadmap Overview For 2020 and 2021
Gearbox Software and 2K Games have already released a lot of brand new content for Borderlands 3 this year. That said, 2020 isn’t over yet and there is still a bunch of content coming your way as we are diving into year 2 for Borderlands 3.
Before Borderlands 3’s release, Gearbox Software said they are committed to Crossplay. In a press release, 2K Games says this is still the case and it’s scheduled for 2021.
Borderlands 3 coming to next-gen consoles
Gearbox Software and 2K Games announced at PAX Online that Borderlands 3 will be coming to the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. If you already own the game stay in your console family you will receive a free upgrade.
New Skill Trees & Game Mode
All the Vault Hunters will be getting a 4th Skill Tree which also includes a new Action Skill. This is a premium DLC and has to be purchased separately. This content pack will also include a new game mode. More info will be shown during the Borderlands Show.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of BL3 will get verticle split-screen. This feature will also be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One in a future Patch.
More DLC Beyond DLC4 !!!
Randy Pitchford talked about more additional content coming to Borderlands 3 beyond DLC4. While there hasn’t been an official announcement from 2K yet, Randy did say they are almost ready to talk more in-depth about it. STAY TUNED !!!
Borderlands 3 DLC4 – Krieg
Gearbox Software is going to deliver the remaining season pass content this year. The season pass would include 4 story campaign add-ons and we already received Moxxi’s Heist on Handsome Jackpot, The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock, and Bounty of Blood. This means we still have 1 more Story Campaigns Add-ons to look forward to. There isn’t an official release date for it now but we do know that all the season pass content will be delivered by September 2020. And looking at the previous DLC releases that 3 months apart release schedule is pretty accurate. As Bounty of Blood was released in June we are probably looking at a Septemeber release for DLC4.
- Randy Pitchford hinted at Going inside the mind of the most badass psycho on Pandora (Krieg).
- A new teaser for DLC4 was shown during episode 7 of the Borderlands Show.
Gearbox Software continues to update the game with improvements and bug fixes. If you have any serious issues please contact support.2k.com.
- Weapon and Character Balance changes
- GBX aims to have a wide range of builds in their game and doesn’t want 1 build to rule them all.
- Loot Sources Reworked
- Named Enemy Loot Pools will be spread out in a future patch.
- Eridium usage
- Veteran Rewards machine will have quest rewards after completion of that specific mission
- Eridian Fabricator will consume more Eridium with each shot as the legendary drop rate increases.
While Gearbox nor 2K have announced any new seasonal events, it’s likely that we will see old events make a return. It wouldn’t surprise me if we will see the Bloody Harvest Event make its return. You probably want to get your hands on a max level Ghast Call.
While previous Borderlands games always received new Vault Hunters as post-launch content. Gearbox Software is going to deviate from that in Borderlands 3. According to the data the majority of the players stick with their first Vault Hunter and don’t play with the remaining characters. Therefore, Randy Pitchford mentioned on twitter that they would like to expand the current characters. Give them new ways to play. They can do this by adding new gear to the game or add new actions skills and skill trees to the current Vault Hunters.
Level Cap Increase
We have received a few level cap increases over the course of the game’s life-span. There hasn’t been any announcements about a future level cap increase, however, the developers have mentioned it’s nice to have a new level cap with new playable content. Since there is still a 4th story campaign on the horizon, it might be the case that the level cap will increase once more.
- Since the February 13th patch, you are able to level up to level 53 (1 Skill Point Avoided From Reaching 2 Capstone Skills)
- Since the March 26th patch, you are able to level up to level 57 (Release DL2)
- Since the June 25th patch, you are able to level up to level 60 (Release DLC3)
Bounty of Blood: A Fistful of Redemption
Bounty of Blood: A Fistful of Redemption is the 3rd story campaign add-on for Borderlands 3. It’s a western-inspired story campaign that will be released on June 25, 2020
- Bounty of Blood Reveal
- Borderlands Show DLC Showcase
- 15-minute Gameplay Preview
- Launch Trailer
- Bounty of Blood Review
On June 4th as soon as the Revenge of the Cartels Seasonal Event ends, we will get another takedown. Guardian takedown will be themed around the Eridian. This free content is designed to challenge you in different ways. In this Takedown, Tannis wants to send you on a reconnaissance trip to the planet of Minos Prime. There you can track down the source of a mysterious Guardian signal. In the Takedown at the Guardian Breach there will be new loot to collect; weapons, gear, and collectible cosmetics (Character skin, Echo skin, and Room Decoration).
Revenge of the Cartels seasonal event
A new seasonal event is coming in April. In Revenge of the Cartels, you will have to track down and take out cartel operatives to earn event-specific rewards.
Mayhem Mode 2.0
Gearbox Software is working on a new version of Mayhem Mode which is scheduled to go live in March. This will get UI support, new Mayhem Modifiers that change gameplay more dramatically, Mayhem playlists, new rewards, and additional levels of Mayhem to work through. New info about Mayhem 2.0 will be released when we get a little closer to its release. Gearbox has said they will focus on buffs only instead of nerfing your character.
- Mayhem Mode 2.0 will add 10 Mayhem Levels to the game.
- All weapons that appear in Mayhem Mode 2.0 will receive a small increase in damage depending on the Mayhem level. That should help players try every new Mayhem level in which the weapon was obtained and grind for the best Mayhem weapons
- There will be 25 new modifiers in Mayhem Mode 2.0
- Update: Mayhem Mode 2.0 is getting fine-tuned based on Community Feedback
Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock
The second campaign DLC for Borderlands 3 is coming on March 26, 2020. In Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock you will visit the town of Cursehaven on the ice planet of Xylourgos. You’ve all agreed to meet here to celebrate their engagement. However, this town located beneath the colossal carcass of a fallen Vault Monster. And a band of creepy occultists who worship the Vault Monster’s carcass is hellbent on breaking up the betrothed partners. It’s up to you to secure this happily ever after. Luckily you are not alone as an old friend is there to help.
- DLC 2 Reveal
- GBX Main Theater Show Announcement
- 12-Minute Gameplay Preview
- Guns, Love, and Tentacles Review
New TakeDowns & Seasonal Events
It has also been mentioned that they will add new events to Borderlands 3. These can be permanent events like the Maliwan Takedown or seasonal events like the Bloody Harvest. Gearbox Software has always done something around Valentine’s Day and Saint Patricks Day. Therefore, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see themed events around those holidays. Gearbox didn’t add Maurice just for the Halloween event. Gearbox Software knows they have to focus on end-game content and Takedowns are their answer to the hardcore audience.
- New Broken Hearts Day event is going live on Febr.13th
- True Takedown Mode allows you to toggle the difficulty between solo or ultimate badass mode. This goes live in the February patch.
FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE IMPROVEMENTS
Fight for Your Life is a big part of the co-op experience, and Gearbox has identified a few ways that they like to improve the system. Specifically, they are looking at increasing the interaction radius between players, telegraphing revives to other players more clearly, and allowing multiple players to contribute to a revive. They expect to have this available in March.
ECHOCAST TWITCH EXTENSION EXPANSIONS
Gearbox is hoping to introduce a Moxxi-themed Event, which they first teased during Guardian Con 2019, that would let you mix up buff- or debuff-inducing cocktails for the streamer using Twitch Bits. They are aiming to have this ready for the ECHOcast Twitch Extension in March.
Borderlands 3 Roadmap For 2019
Bloody Harvest Event
The first event that we can expect is the “Bloody Harvest Event“. This sounds like the Borderlands Halloween event is returning to Borderlands 3. So expect some spooky activities and unique event rewards in October.
In Borderlands 2 you had these invincible bosses that were designed to take on with a group of Vault Hunters. Back then these missions were called a Raid, however, the definition of a raid has changed over the course of time. Therefore these missions are now defined as ‘Takedown’. The second free content update is called Maliwan Takedown. This includes an all-new map where you will encounter new enemies and a new boss. You will be able to earn new powerful rewards during the Maliwan Takedown, which will be playable November 2019.
Story Campaign DLC1
After these 2 free pieces of content, there is the first paid DLC that’s part of the Borderlands 3 Season Pass. This will be the first major story campaign add-on, which will probably be released during the holidays. While Gearbox and 2K haven’t given out any details about this could be a good opportunity to bring back some of the characters that didn’t make it into the main game.
During an interview with ki11six, creative director Paul Sage confirmed that Gaige will not be in the base game of Borderlands 3. However, Paul added that these DLCs would be great opportunities to bring back everyone’s favorite character into the Borderlands 3 timeline.
Randy Pitchford mentioned that they have set the bar high for these campaign add-ons. He said to expect the same high bar as their best previous DLCs. To me personally, and I think for many other Borderlands fans, that would be Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. The Bunkers & Badasses DLC that they made for Borderlands 2. I would love to see something like that, where you play in this different reality. Basically, Gearbox turning the Borderlands toybox upsidedown and having fun with their game.