Borderlands 3 has all the major pillars of a service game: near-infinite replayability via a huge RPG-and-item grind, co-op online multiplayer, and a sprawling story arc that spreads across multiple locales. Gearbox is going all out on that last front and claims the sequel's campaign will last well over 30 hours.
Gearbox has been working on Borderlands 3 for a long time now, and has one major goal for the sequel: to go bigger, better, and farther than ever before. That includes 1 billion guns, new baddies, fresh characters with new skills and build opportunities, offworld exploration across multiple planets, and a substantial campaign mode. All of this new content will be pretty expansive and makes for a rather long-winded storyline.
According to the devs, Borderlands 3 will last 30 hours if you rush through the quests and missions. For comparison's sake, Borderlands 2's campaign took around 32 hours to beat if you took your time. "If you beeline it through, and I mean beelining it through, it might take you 30 hours to complete the main story," Borderlands 3 creative director Paul Sage told PC Gamer.
As with any online game--or any big game from Take-Two Interactive--Borderlands 3 will be monetized. Gearbox confirms the sequel will have cosmetic-only monetization that allows gamers to buy skins directly from an in-game store, similar to Borderlands 2.
Four new expansions will also be sold separately or via a season pass.
Borderlands 3 will release on September 13, 2019 (a congested month for 2K Games) on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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