Borderlands 3’s story campaign is big – real big. Like, multiple planets big. But the game only gets bigger once you’ve finished the main missions. Borderlands 3 contains a wealth of endgame content and will enjoy consistent post-launch support; we’re thrilled to finally start sharing those details with you.
During the Gearbox Main Theatre Show at PAX West, Gearbox provided new insights into Borderlands 3‘s endgame, including the return of True Vault Hunter Mode, an evolution of Borderlands 2’s Badass Rank mechanic called Guardian Rank, and the introduction of the all-new gameplay-changing Mayhem Mode.
When you combine Mayhem Mode, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Guardian Rank progression with the highly replayable Proving Grounds and Circle of Slaughter arenas announced during Gamescom, Borderlands 3‘s endgame coalesces into an engaging loop that grows increasingly rewarding (and challenging) the more you play.
With all these avenues for endgame progression, there’s a wealth of challenging content to best and coveted rewards to chase as soon as you finish Borderlands 3’s story campaign. Below you’ll find a high-level overview of the new modes and features announced today, but for all the details, please refer to this blog.
Even if you somehow manage to conquer every challenge Borderlands 3 throws at you and max out every Vault Hunter class. There’s still plenty more Borderlands 3 content to come. From Seasonal Events to Takedowns to new missions and cosmetics – and of course, full-fledged Campaign DLC. There’s just a taste of what’s on the horizon this fall and winter:
As if that wasn’t enough, Gearbox also announced that Borderlands 2 VR on PlayStation 4 is getting the Bad Ass Mega Fun (BAMF) DLC pack for free on September 6, delivering a whopping 16 pieces of DLC content from Borderlands 2. And those of you hoping to experience Borderlands 2 VR on PC won’t have to wait long. Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC in Fall 2019 and will include the base game and all its DLC in one glorious bundle.
Borderlands 3 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13.
If you’re familiar with previous Borderlands‘ Badass Rank system, the basic idea is the same. You can unlock incremental stat improvements that apply to all your Vault Hunters. As you gain experience, you fill a special Guardian Rank XP bar. Every bar you fill unlocks a Guardian Token, which you can spend to unlock bonus stats across three distinct trees. The further you progress, the better the rewards available to you.
TRUE VAULT HUNTER MODE
This is Borderlands 3‘s take on New Game+. The enemies will be tougher and the loot will be better compared to your Normal mode conquests. Whether you select Normal or True Vault Hunter when starting up a new campaign. Your character’s mission progress is unique to each playthrough. However, your Vault Hunters’ stats and equipment are shared across both modes.
After completing the campaign, you’ll activate a mysterious terminal aboard Sanctuary III that offers three Mayhem Mode difficulty levels. Enabling one of these Mayhem Modes ups the ante on risks and rewards across all worlds. Enemies get increased health, shields, and armor, while you get bonus cash, Eridium, experience gains, and chances for better loot (including “Anointed” gear).
Mayhem Mode also applies a random selection of modifiers called Mayhem Mods to every planet you visit. For instance, you might get a Mayhem Mod like “You’re a Wizard.” This reduces the damage players do with normal bullets but increases their elemental damage.