Fans have plenty of reasons to get excited for the long-awaited next entry in Gearbox's iconic FPS/RPG hybrid series, Borderlands 3, with new information dropping almost on a regular basis, though not always officially. Several things have been inadvertently leaked since its announcement, including said announcement and the addition of cross-platform co-op thanks to a now-removed listing on the Microsoft store. And, as of a couple of days ago, further details on the game's split-screen co-op were accidentally revealed.
A new trailer for Borderlands 3 was posted on Gearbox's official Instagram account but was afterwards swiftly removed once Gearbox realized it revealed too much. However, one fan was faster and managed to capture it and shared it on Imgur for all to see. There's nothing major or revelatory to be seen here but the footage is almost entirely devoted to the split-screen co-op mode, with the caption beneath stating "Play Borderlands 3 with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress." Sounds perfect for friends who want to play together when one is further ahead than the other. Unfortunately, this will be only available for those who own the game on consoles.
That's all that's on display in the trailer, though. Eagle-eyed fans will also spot some gameplay of Moze (one of the new playable characters) and her bear-mech, the new Siren character's Phaselock ability (which seems to hold enemies in the air and leave them open to attacks), a few new environments and the return of vehicle combat, which looks very similar to how it was done in the previous game.
While many can't wait to get their hands on the game, that hasn't stopped it from quickly becoming mired in controversy. The decision to make it an Epic Games Store exclusive for six months has resulted in the first two games being subjected to review-bombs on Steam by upset PC players, which drew the attention of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.
Not only that but prolific voice actor Troy Baker has also expressed his frustration and disappointment with the title due to not being asked to reprise his role as the character Rhys, though strangely Pitchford stated in a recent Tweet that Baker was asked back but turned it down.
Borderlands 3 will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th 2019.