I think a lot of us can safely say Borderlands and its sequel were game changers in the FPS genre. Creating an amazing, magical world of loot, RPG mechanics and humor dark enough to make Death himself chuckle with delight. Since then, though, we haven’t heard too much about Borderlands 3 other than a tweet in 2015 from Gearbox director Randy Pitchford stating they were looking for staff to work on the mysterious title.
At least, until now. The annual Game Developers Conference was this week in San Francisco and among the amazing devs sitting down to have a chat, Mr. Pitchford stepped up to the plate during Epic’s display of their Unreal Engine 4, the engine chosen to power the next Borderlands game, to discuss a little on just what the game might look like.
He was excited about the new engine and what it meant for Borderlands signature cell-shaded style. The engine allows for greater detail and more realistic lighting which will breathe new life into the series’ unique art style, allowing for something truly spectacular. Even getting a small taste of it is enough to wet a lot of appetites, I’m sure.
But is this what we’re going to see in the final product? Of course not. That would be too easy.
“It gives you a sense of what a future game from Gearbox might look like,” was what he had to say on the subject. He went on to explain that this was just a technology demonstration. A little appetizer before the main course. Something to show off just what Gearbox wants to do with the new engine and to remind us that, yes, they’re absolutely working on new Borderlands content.
“If you’re a customer that’s looking forward to a future Borderlands game, we’re working on it.” Which is certainly a very promising comment. So who knows, perhaps by the time E3 hits we’ll be able to see just what this new game actually will look like, rather than a very impressive tech demo.
But that’s not to say this isn’t an appropriate teaser for the game. He explained the character we see is someone from the series we’ll be familiar with, and that we will indeed be visiting planets other than the well known but also well explored Pandora.
Take a look for yourself here.