Borderlands 3 Roadmap Overview For 2020
Gearbox Software and 2K Games have a lot of content planned for Borderlands 3 in 2020. Last year, we already got a taste of what to expect. This year, you can expect a lot more:
- DLC4: “Return of Krieg”
- DLC3: “BOUNTY OF BLOOD”
- Fine-Tuning Mayhem Mode 2.0
- Guardian Takedown
- Revenge of the Cartels Seasonal Event
- Moxxtails Event for the EchoCast
- Mayhem Mode 2.0
- Series of Mini Events
- DLC2: Guns, Love, and Tentacles – The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock
- Broken Hearts Seasonal Event
2 More Story Campaign Add-ons
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 the first one, Moxxi’s Heist on Handsome Jackpot, and The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock. This means we still have 2 more Story Campaigns Add-ons to look forward to. There haven’t been any official announcements about their release date or theme, yet. We do know that all the season pass content will be delivered by September 2020. If you would literally break it down, there would be a new DLC every 3 months. One in March, June, and Septemeber.
Update: During the Gearbox Main Theater Show at PAX East 2020, Randy Pitchford teased the next 2 story campaign add-ons. DLC 3 will feature Outlaws and Dinosaurs and for DLC4 Randy Pitchford hinted at Going inside the mind of the most badass psycho on Pandora (Krieg).
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
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
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.
Update: Guns, Love, and Tentacles Review
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
There will be a level cap increase, this was confirmed by Randy Varnell during one of his interviews. While he couldn’t exactly tell when this was going to happen but he could tell us it was on the roadmap. It also wasn’t mentioned how many skill points they would add to the game. With Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software added 11 skill points with each level cap increase. If they also add new skill trees to each of the characters, then this can diversify your build a lot. Also, no date has been provided for this content but if we look back at Borderlands 2 again, then we can expect this somewhere after 6 months after the game’s release. This would be around March 2020 in this case.
Update: With the February 13th patch you will be able to level up to level 53 and get 3 more skill points.
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.
More Balance and Performance improvements
Gearbox is always looking to improve the game’s balance and performance. More improvements are always in the works.
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.