Early details about Borderlands 3's upcoming Blood Harvest event, the online multiplayer game's first, have been datamined. Borderlands 3 launched just this past week, but dedicated players are already anxious for the game's first post-launch content. On Tuesday Gearbox released the game's 2019 Fall/Winter Content Calendar, revealing the Bloody Harvest and Maliwan Takedown free DLC releases. Details about both free updates were scant until dataminers discovered Bloody Harvest hints in Borderlands 3's game files.
It's no surprise, but the Bloody Harvest event will be autumn and Halloween-themed. Several lines of dialogue make up a portion of the datamined files. While the speaker isn't made clear, the dialogue makes clear the subject, "All right, it's the Bloody Harvest. I wanna see costumes, people! Slutty robot, slutty Vault monster, I don't care -- just make it slutty!" Some are speculating the speak is Baylex, the Ice-T-voiced teddy bear, giving orders on Sanctuary III. Another of these lines says, "During Bloody Harvest, all drinking water will now be pumpkin spice flavored. You're welcome."
The datamined files also reveal some of the rewards that players can look forward to in Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest. "ItemPool" strings in the game's files reference several Bloody Harvest cosmetic types. These include not just skins, but also unique heads and weapon trinket rewards. These cosmetics' files aren't yet in the game, so what they look like isn't available yet. Borderlands 3 players can also certainly expect a range of Halloween-themed cosmetic loot available for all four different playable Vault hunters.
Finally, there's a little bit of information about the actual content Borderlands 3 players will find in the Bloody Harvest. It won't just be free loot or RNG rewards. There "Bloody Harvest Challenges" that players will have to complete. There are also two new enemy types referenced in the files, and three different Blood Harvest maps. The enemy types also have names provided. Prepare to face the spooky Blood Harvest Ghost and the Haunted Punk.
Historically, Borderlands 3 has been very traditional with regards to its post-launch content release schedule. Borderlands and Borderlands 2 both defined the chapter-based expansion paradigm for post-launch content. Rather than one or two big expansions, Gearbox would release several smaller-sized expansions. That paradigm may not work as well now, when seasonal content is king and players expect to be fed new content constantly. Starting off Borderlands 3 post-launch with monthly free updates before releasing Season Pass expansions is a great step forward.
No official release date for the Bloody Harvest has yet been announced. It's obviously themed around autumn and Halloween, though, so an October launch is expected. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.
Borderlands 3 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.