Gearbox had a massive showing at PAX East this past weekend, revealing a bevy of new updates and content drops for their chaotic looter shooter Borderlands 3. Between a redesigned Mayhem Mode, a Steam launch with PC crossplay support, and the massive new DLC expansion Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock, there’s a lot of stuff coming for the fans and community to sink their teeth into.
In sitting down with Gearbox CCO Dan Hewitt for a brief interview after the end of the Gearbox Main Theater Show, we were able to learn just how important the community and their voice was in influencing and inspiring all of this new content.
According to Hewitt, what the team at Gearbox always tries to do “is take a look at [Borderlands 3] and say ‘how can we continue to keep people engaged?'”. He went on to discuss how they strive to “continue developing these types of new ways of engaging players”, with Mayhem Mode 2.0 being the latest result of those efforts. For Hewitt, the priority is in continuing to reward returning players.
“So, the game came out in September,” Hewitt remarked, “and what we’ve seen was consistently high numbers of players that keep coming back to the game. So, what we want to do is we want to continue to reward people and continue to keep them engaged with new content that is challenging [and] feels like they’re getting something out of it.”
That focus on community engagement and fan requests also extends to the surprising and welcome announcement of crossplay support between the Epic Games Store version of Borderlands 3 and the upcoming Steam release of the game. While you’d hope it would be standard across Windows storefronts, “PC crossplay is something that we are so proud of,” Hewitt said, “and it’s something that obviously a lot of our fans wanted and we’re just happy that we can bring it to you.”
Of course, fans of the game who own it on non-PC platforms are likely to be holding out hope for crossplay support to extend to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. According to Hewitt, “It’s always something that we are looking at. [There are] lots of different things that we can do, but for right now, we’re focused just right now on DLC 2, making sure that that’s a success, and making sure that [with] PC crossplay, we could welcome our Steam Community back to Pandora. Those are the things that we’re just focusing on right now.”
The focus on that second DLC is sure to pay off, as Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock looks to be an exciting new addition to the world of Borderlands 3. The add-on campaign combines an icy tundra aesthetic with heavy Lovecraftian influences, and I was curious where that unexpected combination stemmed from.
Hewitt shared, “The whole Cthulhu aspect and that [ice motif] is just the combination of these two characters. They are two iconic folks in the game, but they’re very separate and distinct and in bringing them together; I think it’s a visual representation of the personalities that you’re seeing there.”
Between a new Steam release, Mayhem Mode 2.0, free challenge updates, and the massive new DLC Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock, Borderlands 3 fans have plenty to look forward to in these next few months and well into the summer.