At PAX West Yesterday, Gearbox provided fans and press alike with some new insights into the recently announced Borderlands 3 endgame content. In case you missed that bit of news, check out our article about it at this informative link.
During the Gearbox Main Theatre Show, we learned of the return of True Vault Hunter Mode, an evolution to Borderlands 2 Badass Rank Mechanic, known as Guardian Rank and the new Mayhem Mode. Combine these with the Proving Grounds and Circle Of Slaughter Arena and Borderlands 3 becomes a much bigger game than just the story mode. Check out more information on the modes below, but for even more information, check out this link.
- GUARDIAN RANK
If you’re familiar with the previous Borderlands‘ Badass Rank system, the basic idea is the same: you can unlock incremental stat improvements that apply to all your Vault Hunters. As you gain experience, you fill a special Guardian Rank XP bar. Every bar you fill unlocks a Guardian Token, which you can spend to unlock bonus stats across three distinct trees. The further you progress, the better the rewards available to you.
- TRUE VAULT HUNTER MODE
This is Borderlands 3‘s take on New Game+. The enemies will be tougher and the loot will be better compared to your Normal mode conquests. Whether you select Normal or True Vault Hunter when starting up a new campaign, your character’s mission progress is unique to each playthrough. However, your Vault Hunters’ stats and equipment are shared across both modes.
- MAYHEM MODE
After completing the campaign, you’ll activate a mysterious terminal aboard Sanctuary III that offers three Mayhem Mode difficulty levels. Enabling one of these Mayhem Modes ups the ante on risks and rewards across all worlds: enemies get increased health, shields, and armor, while you get bonus cash, Eridium, experience gains, and chances for better loot (including “Anointed” gear).
Mayhem Mode also applies a random selection of modifiers called Mayhem Mods to every planet you visit. For instance, you might get a Mayhem Mod like “You’re a Wizard,” which reduces the damage players do with normal bullets but increases their elemental damage.
If these modes are something you’ll fly through in no time at all, then don’t worry as a load of content is being added shortly after the game’s release. Check out the image below for more information (click to enlarge).
Also announced was some very good news for Borderlands 2 VR for PSVR owners as well as the news that Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC. PSVR owners of the game will get the Bad Ass Mega Fun for free from September 6th. This will give them access to 16 DLC packs from Borderlands 2 to further extend their VR experience in the Borderlands. The PC version of the VR game will be launching sometime in the Fall of 2019 and will come with all the aforementioned DLC installed.
Borderlands 3 launches on September 13th, 2019 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. It’s available to pre-order now both digitally and from all good game retailers.