After a lengthy hiatus, Borderlands 3 is finally launching next month and packing a ton of new content for fans to dig into. The biggest news may be the fact that the player hub, Sanctuary 3 is now a space ship that can transport players to various new planets to explore. Of course, many fans began thinking of the possibilities this feature opens up in regards to post-launch support, an aspect that the Borderlands franchise is well known for. As it turns out, fans will likely get a sneak peak at what's coming down the road sooner than later.
In its latest financial call to investors, parent company Take-Two revealed that Gearbox Software is planning to detail what sort of downloadable content players will be seeing for Borderlands 3 at Gamescom and PAX West. Unfortunately, no additional details regarding post-launch content were provided. However, the wait will be very short for fans as Gamescom kicks off on August 20 from Cologne, Germany. Then, 10 days later is PAX West in Seattle, Washington, an event that Gearbox is normally a very big part of.
The developer has touched on the topic of downloadable content in the past, hinting that it may not add additional Vault Hunter characters to the roster as they've done in the past for games like Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. As an alternative, Randy Pitchford alluded to the fact that for this latest game, they intend to offer more options and skills with existing characters rather than just create new ones. This decision could certainly change over time, however, as many fan favorite characters were added after launch including Krieg the Psycho for Borderlands 2 and Jack the Doppelganger for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
It's clear that Gearbox intended to keep this game alive for as long as possible as the studio also announced it was working on a Cross-Play functionality between all of the different platforms. Rumors originally speculated that the feature would be there at launch, though Gearbox later clarified that while it was working on the feature, it wouldn't be ready on day one. However, support for the feature would be enabled as soon as practically possible letting players loot and shoot regardless of the platform they're on.
Borderlands 3 releases September 13, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.