Borderlands 3 will be featuring a brand new piece of online interactivity with their ECHOcast Twitch Extension.
Officially announced today, the ECHOcast Twitch Extension is basically an overlay that allows you to interact with Borderlands 3 live streams. Players will be able to take a gander at the streamers full loadout, from weapons on hand to even character builds at the player's fingertips.
Players will also be able to participate in "rare chest events" with the ECHOcast, which are timed exclusive events that allow anyone watching a livestream to receive the same loot from as the streamer. Basically, when a streamer opens a rare chest, which is usually the end of level chests, those watching have a 30-second window to "opt-into" the event. Of those who opted in, several will be randomly chosen as the winners of the event, and then select which items from the chest they want to receive. All loot is also scaled to the players level for their own game, meaning it would be impossible to get a piece of loot that is unusable for the player.
To participate with the ECHOcast Twitch Extension, players need to register both a Twitch account and a Gearbox SHiFT account. They then need to link up their SHiFT account to Twitch.
To help demonstrate the ECHOcast, the worldwide gameplay reveal of Borderlands 3 is scheduled for May 1st on the Borderlands Twitch channel, starting at 10 am PDT/ 1 pm EDT / 6pm BST on May 1st. For those in GMT+8 and AEST time zones, it will be 1 and 3 am on May 2nd.
The worldwide gameplay reveal will include "hundreds of the biggest streamers" playing Borderlands 3, with many of them also using the ECHOcast Twitch Extension with the rare chest events. Players can start signing up for ECHOcast starting May 1st as well, long before the game's release. Interestingly enough, a piece of the game was accidentally leaked to the public, showing off what may be an in-game scripted event to demonstrate the rare chest event.
Borderlands 3 is scheduled for release on September 13th, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and the Epic Games store for the PC.
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