Sep 12, 2020

Next-gen Borderlands 3, FL4K's fourth Skill Tree, and more revealed at PAX Online

Catch up on all the Borderlands 3 news from the Gearbox PAX Digital Showcase!

After a year full of glorious, mayhem-riddled memories, Borderlands 3 still has plenty of chaotic content on the way. During the Gearbox PAX Digital Showcase, you got a first look at what's in store for Borderlands 3, including new features on the incoming generation of consoles and an entirely new Skill Tree for FL4K as part of upcoming premium content.

We're excited to confirm that Borderlands 3 will be playable on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5, with the Series X and PS5 supporting 4K resolution at 60fps in single-player. With the power of the new consoles comes new features, including additional ways to enjoy local play: three- and four-player splitscreen will be available on the next-gen consoles. Additionally, we've heard your two-player splitscreen feature requests loud and clear: vertical splitscreen in two-player co-op will be available in Borderlands 3's next-gen versions, and will also be added to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions via a free update.

Best of all, existing owners of Borderlands 3 on current-gen platforms can easily transition to the next-gen versions within the same console family. If you own Borderlands 3 on Xbox One, you’ll be able to play the Xbox Series X/S version, and if you own the game on PlayStation 4, you’ll be able to play the PlayStation 5 version. Your add-on content and save files will carry over as well, so you can pick up right where you left off. Additionally, you can expect to hear more about Borderlands 3 cross-play next year.

Gearbox Software Creative Director Graeme Timmins shared the news that another paid DLC is coming later this year, bringing an additional Skill Tree for each Vault Hunter and more to those who purchase it. We got a first look at FL4K the Beastmaster's new Trapper Skill Tree, which features the powerful Gravity Snare Action Skill and a lovable line of Hyperion Loaderbots as a new pet type. Putting skill points into the Trapper Skill Tree will greatly increase shields and survivability for both FL4K and their pet, while the Gravity Snare Action Skill grants FL4K an effective means of crowd control. When thrown, the Gravity Snare will periodically toss nearby enemies into the air and slam them into the ground, interrupting their attack animations in the process and making it easier to isolate and eliminate your targets.

As for the robotic additions to FL4K's pet posse, the Hyperion Loaderbot comes in three varieties. There’s the ranged ION Loader, which fires slow-moving projectiles that can be shot to create powerful shock novas; the melee BUL Loader, which charges enemies and knocks them into the air with its shield (or just roundhouse kicks them); and the WAR Loader, which packs an incendiary shotgun, can toss grenades, and unleashes homing missiles on command.

That's just a taste of what's in store for Borderlands 3, and we'll have plenty more to share with you soon. Until then, thanks for tuning in!