Gearbox Software had already confirmed their presence at PAX East 2019 on March 12, with a tweet showing a picture of a billboard, clearly styled with the cell shading that made Borderlands famous. The billboard reads: "March 28. Boston, MA."
Now they just released a Borderlands teaser titled Mask of Mayhem, along with another tweet that says simply: "Soon..." The teaser itself shows a moving camera angling through the familiar Borderlands iconography, with uncolored 3D models of several characters from Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. All of these models are paralyzed in static poses as the camera passes through them before it finally settles on its final form: a Psycho mask formed of all these character models and scenes.
It's a bold and compelling teaser, with a lot of layers and even a secret code hidden throughout the video, as reported by GamesRadar. Everything seems to hint at a proper sequel to Borderlands 2, though the teaser title Mask of Mayhem, and the tag line "Mayhem is coming" could mean something else. It's worth remembering that Gearbox first showcased a Borderlands 3 Unreal Engine 4 tech demo all the way back in 2017 at GDC, where Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford mostly highlighted the graphic possibilities of the title in development with UE4. All previous Borderlands titles were developed with UE3.
Fans have been clamoring for a new Borderlands game for quite a while, with the series being one of the most popular and entertaining shooters of the 2010s. If this is, in fact, Borderlands 3, it's likely to take the series to new heights with next-gen technology and a new adventure of shoot-'n-loot frenzy.
I know I'm in the minority, but I hope this game brings back some of the original Borderlands atmosphere, which I missed in 2 and The Pre-Sequel. The tech demo did take place in a desert that hints at some of that wasteland-ish ambiance of the original.
Are you looking forward to this new Borderlands game? Do you think this will be a proper Borderlands 3 or something else? Let us know in the comments below!