Brace yourselves, Vault Hunters, because Borderlands 3cross play is here!
Thanks to today’s free update, cross play is now available for Borderlands 3 across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Mac, Stadia, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. There has never been a better time for you and your friends to experience the shooting and looting mayhem together! More details on how to enable cross play are available on the game’s official website.
Today’s update isn’t just about cross play, though. You’ll also find a slew of other events and features, including the return of a fan-favorite seasonal event, permanent seasonal event toggling, and a level cap increase.
In The Revengence of Revenge of the Cartels seasonal event, you’ll be tasked with eliminating Cartel Operative enemies, who can be found in areas from both the base game and campaign add-ons. Slaying Operatives activates a dead-man’s switch that warps in some Cartel Thugs keen on avenging their blasted buddy. Once you’ve dispatched enough of these thugs, and collected Hideout Coordinates from their corpses, your Saurian pal Maurice can open a portal to the main event: a showdown at Villa Ultraviolet against the Eridium Cartel kingpin himself, Joey Ultraviolet.
Speaking of seasonal events, with today’s Cross play Update Vault Hunters can now take part in Endless Seasonal Events! You can access any of Borderlands 3’s themed seasonal events – Bloody Harvest, Broken Hearts Day, and Revenge of the Cartels – whenever, and for however long, you’d like. A new option on the Main Menu lets you select which of these three events you want to toggle on or off, allowing you chase event-specific loot and enjoy previously seasonal content whenever you like.
Today’s update also brings with it the finale of the True Trials mini-events and a new level cap increase. Starting now through July 1 at 8:59 AM PT, the effects of all six True Trials mini-events will be active, giving you one more week to take down the six heavily buffed bosses in pursuit of their designated Legendary drops. And finally, the level cap has increased by seven levels to a max level of 72, meaning you have more potential skill points than ever before.
Even more mayhem awaits, so get to work, Vault Hunters!
Xbox One X Enhanced
Xbox One copies of Borderlands 3 include a digital upgrade to the Xbox Series X|S version! On Xbox Series X, experience the game in gorgeous 4K resolution at up to 60 fps in single-player and online co-op. Add more couch co-op mayhem with expanded local splitscreen support for up to 4 players. The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seeking badasses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy. A MAYHEM-FUELED THRILL RIDE Stop the fanatical Calypso Twins from uniting the bandit clans and claiming the galaxy’s ultimate power. Only you, a thrill-seeking Vault Hunter, have the arsenal and allies to take them down. YOUR VAULT HUNTER, YOUR PLAYSTYLE Become one of four extraordinary Vault Hunters, each with unique abilities, playstyles, deep skill trees, and tons of personalization options. All Vault Hunters are capable of awesome mayhem alone, but together they are unstoppable. LOCK, LOAD, AND LOOT With bazillions of guns and gadgets, every fight is an opportunity to score new gear. Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, got that too. NEW BORDERLANDS Discover new worlds beyond Pandora, each featuring unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Tear through hostile deserts, battle your way across war-torn cityscapes, navigate deadly bayous, and more! QUICK & SEAMLESS CO-OP ACTION Play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress. Take down enemies and challenges as a team, but reap rewards that are yours alone – no one misses out on loot.
Author: Mario Rodriguez, Producer, Gearbox Software
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Gearbox Software is launching its next major expansion this week, with plenty to expect from the next Season Pass 2 update.
With new modes, missions and Vault Bosses coming this week, PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers will have plenty of new content to explore.
One interesting new feature confirmed for the Director’s Cut is the new Vault Cards and Diamond Keys.
Vault Cards are a new progression system that provides fresh rewards, with each Vault Card offering unique Legendary gear, new cosmetic items, and Diamond Keys.
Activating Vault Cards brings more loot and XP, and to access them, you’ll need to own the Director’s Cut add-on, which is available for individual purchase or as part of Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition or Season Pass 2.
A message from Gearbox explains: “Each of the three Vault Cards is built around a distinct theme, and Fallen Heroes offers items that pay tribute to some of the most beloved, gone-but-not-forgotten allies. We’ll have more info to share on the subsequent Vault Cards later this year, but we’re planning to launch all three by the end of 2021.
“When multiple Vault Cards are available, you can choose which one is active while you play. Once activated, you’ll see an additional progression bar on your HUD sitting just below your Vault Hunter’s regular XP bar.
“Filling up your Vault Card progression bar works just like leveling up: it’s all driven by how much XP you’re gaining. By exploring the galaxy, wiping out baddies, and completing quests, you’ll fill up your Vault Card progression bar in addition to your regular XP bar.”
BORDERLANDS 3 DLC RELEASE DATE NEW AND LAUNCH TIME
Gearbox Software has confirmed that the Director’s Cut Borderlands 3 DLC has a release date set for Thursday, April 8.
We don’t have a time to expect to be released but previous launches have happened around the evening time in the UK.
So we would expect the new Borderlands 3 DLC to be available to play by 8pm BST, on April 8.
A full schedule for when the new content will be available to download could be shared with PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers within the next 24-hours.
BORDERLANDS 3 DIRECTOR’S CUT CONTENT
A rundown of the big expansion news can be found below, including details on the new Raid Boss and new behind-scenes features:
TAKE ON A NEW RAID BOSS
Test your mettle against the most fearsome of all Varkids. Her name has long been whispered in blood-soaked legend; now Hemovorous the Invincible has awoken. This colossal raid boss has made her lair on Pandora, and only the fiercest big game hunters have a chance of kicking her chitinous butt in the pursuit of top-tier loot. Better bring some friends to this fight and be ready to get caked in Varkid guts—it’s going to get messy!
SOLVE AN INTERPLANETARY MURDER MYSTERY
Ava is convinced she has a lead on some potentially supernatural slayings and has decided to document her findings in serialized podcast form. Consider yourself her gun-toting co-host as you investigate strange happenings on Pandora, Promethea, Eden-6, and Nekrotafeyo in search of answers (and loot) with the help of some familiar faces.
Peruse Borderlands 3’s beginnings, bloopers, and cut content with a compilation of behind-the-scenes selections. You can also explore a gallery full of concept art, storyboards, lost maps, and footage of Borderlands 3 from throughout its development.
GEAR UP WITH VAULT CARDS
Included in the Director’s Cut are three Vault Cards, which are your ticket to upcoming bundles of themed loot! These permanent progression tracks can be activated and leveled up to unlock a bevy of cosmetics plus some supremely powerful gear. The first of the three Vault Cards will launch as part of Director’s Cut, featuring items that honor some of Borderlands’ most beloved fallen heroes; the remaining two Vault Cards are scheduled to launch by the end of 2021. When multiple Vault Cards are available, you’ll have the option to select which one you want to be active.
MULTIVERSE DISCIPLES OF THE VAULT COSMETICS
The Multiverse Disciples of the Vault Cosmetics imagine what our heroes would look like if they became bandits and joined the Children of the Vault! Each eye-catching pack contains a one-of-a-kind Vault Hunter Body with a new Head to match.
The tragic demise of Telltale Games really is quite a bitter pill to swallow when you take a step back to fully consider the brilliance of its multi-award winning back catalogue of choice-based adventure games. From The Wolf Among Us to Batman: The Enemy Within, The Walking Dead to Guardians of the Galaxy, this was a studio that singlehandedly brought about a resurgence in the popularity of the genre in which it so excelled and, of all the many top-notch titles it released up until its closure in 2018, Tales from the Borderlands is absolutely in with a shout as perhaps the best of the whole darn bunch.
Having been removed from most digital storefronts all the way back in 2019 as a result of the studio’s closure, Tales from the Borderlands was relaunched on PlayStation, Xbox and PC in February of this year; now it finally makes its way to Switch in a port that sees all five episodes of this excellent space adventure released in a single essential package. If you’ve yet to experience this one, believe us, you’re in for a treat.
If there’s one aspect of the full-fat Borderlands FPS experience that we’ve really never seen eye to eye with, it’s 100% the irritatingly loud, brain-rattlingly puerile attempts at humour that hammer you over the head during every waking moment you spend exploring its uniquely-styled wastelands. Yes, these games still more than manage to succeed thanks to some top-notch shooting and looting action but, in terms of comedy — in terms of narrative and the characters that populate the badlands of Pandora and beyond (Claptrap, we absolutely loathe you) — we’ve never been particularly, or really even remotely, impressed.
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)
With this in mind, you would think that a purely narrative-focused adventure spin-off set within this self-same universe would be something we’d most likely not enjoy but, with Telltale Games at the helm, this is a world transformed. From the opening moments of episode one to the grand finale of five, Tales from the Borderlands absolutely excels at creating a take on this universe that’s chock full of entertaining action and populated by well-written characters you’ll actually grow to care about. It consistently delivers actual belly laughs over its ten-hour running time, manages to convincingly portray its core protagonists’ emotional journeys, does a strong line in romantic subplot and, what’s more, it does all of this whilst giving fans of its source material plenty of returning characters, lore and a healthy dollop of the series’ signature gross-out humour to indulge in.
Without wanting to ruin anything of the story for those who have yet to experience it, Tales from the Borderlands sees cocky Hyperion business boy Rhys (Troy Baker) and street-smart con-artist Fiona (Laura Bailey) thrust together alongside a rough and tumble crew in a race to nab a vault key that will unlock the vast riches of the fabled Vault of the Traveller, a treasure trove that, quite frustratingly, has a tendency to constantly teleport itself to random locations across the known universe. What begins as a relatively straightforward revenge story that’s complicated somewhat by a spot of double-crossing soon explodes into a madcap comedy adventure that sees the pair face off against a seemingly endless parade of suitably grotesque enemies, deranged psycho killers, double-crossing family members and much more besides.
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)
Over the course of the five two-hour episodes that make up the campaign here, our heroes retell the tale of their adventures to a mysterious captor, a playful narrative element that sees them occasionally embellish the truth of their exploits for dramatic effect. They take part in spectacular death rallies, explore labyrinthian techno vaults that rise from the dust of long-abandoned shanty towns and get involved in plenty of action-packed — and often quite hilariously violent — sequences in which they do battle with Rhys’ Hyperion rival, Vasquez, ruthless crime lord Vallory and a host of other ne’er do-wells along the way.
Of course, as with any Telltale game, you’ll be given plenty of opportunity to interact as things play out here, and besides the expected moral choices and decisions that alter the ebb and flow of how the story twists and turns, you’ll also get to play your part in action sequences, lining up targets for shots from Fiona’s hidden elemental wrist pistol, scanning environments or hacking into hardware with Rhys’ cybernetic eyeball, dodging incoming damage or leaping from harm’s way with quick flicks of your thumbsticks and so on.
This stuff doesn’t always entirely come off. Some exploration sequences where you’re given limited control over where Rhys or Fiona wander can suffer from a frustratingly positioned camera. Missed QTEs often don’t seem to matter much, and there’s the occasional event that suddenly turns up the difficulty, resulting in a few frustrating deaths. Overall, however, these interactive bits and bobs do a great job in keeping you hooked even more into a game that we’d quite happily just sit and watch unfold.
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)
There’s a constant stream of cracking characters getting into all sorts of bother and twisted situations to enjoy here, each and every one of whom are brought wonderfully to life by some of the most talented voice-artists in the business. Troy Baker and Laura Bailey excel — as they always do — in the lead roles of Rhys and Fiona, Patrick Warburton turns Vasquez into a delightfully hammy slimeball of a villain and an AI reconstruction of Handsome Jack is brought screaming back to life by the excellent Dameon Clarke. The way in which Telltale Games managed to set up and then deftly switch between several highly entertaining, high-octane scenarios at a time, very rarely exposing players to a boring scene or dud act across ten hours, really is a wonder to behold. Sure, there’s the odd joke that doesn’t hit its mark, but more often than not what’s dished out is top-notch stuff; even the robots are good this time around, with the magnificent Loader Bot all but erasing the irritating memory of the godawful “comedy” tin can, Claptrap.
In terms of performance on Switch, as expected for a game of this style and vintage, Tales from the Borderlands is a smooth ride in both docked and handheld modes. Only the loading screens that punctuate the story here and there occasionally give rise to a slight wobble or hiccup as they ready the next chunk of action. This is still a really good looking game, too, with that unique Borderlands graphical style retaining its swagger some seven years down the line from the game’s original release.
If you’ve yet to indulge in Tales from the Borderlands this one feels like a total no-brainer; arguably Telltale Games’ finest hour, it’s a rip-roaring ten-hour adventure that immediately hooks you in and refuses to let you go until all is done and dusted, and is easily up there with the very best of its genre currently available on Nintendo Switch — or any other platform for that matter. In summation, what we’re trying to say, bro, is like…it’s totally bro, bro.
Tales from the Borderlands is arguably Telltale Games’ finest hour and easily one of the very best choice-driven narrative adventures available on any system. This is ten glorious hours’ worth of top-notch entertainment with a world-class cast, consistently excellent writing that manages to perfectly balance comedy and drama, non-stop twisted action and a cast of kooky characters that are a joy to spend time with. This really is the best the Borderlands universe has ever been, and a game that everyone should experience at least once.