Gearbox Explains Social, Streaming, and Accessibility for Borderlands 3
I’m not going to rehash what is said below but I am super hyped with the announcement of these new features. Competitive 1v1v1? Discord integration? SOLD! Also that ECHOcast Twitch extension looks awesome as well. On a side note, the addition of deep accessibility features which could allow the Xbox Adapter Controller is amazing. Looking solid so far Gearbox!
In case you missed it, Gearbox Software and 2K hosted two panels during Guardian Con in Orlando, FL this past weekend. During Friday’s panel “Borderlands 3: At the Corner of Social and Streaming,” Gearbox shared new details about three key aspects of the Borderlands 3 experience: social features, livestreaming tools, and accessibility options. Here are just some of the highlights:
Social: During the panel, Gearbox confirmed dueling is not only back, it’s better than ever. In a series first, Free-for-All Dueling allows for opt-in 1v1v1v1 competitive multiplayer, letting you take on your friends in a brand new way. Gearbox also announced rich presence Discord integration, activity group-based matchmaking, and asynchronous matchmaking, which allows you to play while the system searches for players to pair you with.
Streaming: Though the innovative ECHOcast Twitch extension was originally announced back in May, Gearbox confirmed additional functionality during the Guardian Con panel. In addition to allowing viewers to look through a streamer’s loadout/skill trees and giving them a chance to score real in-game loot while watching on Twitch, the extension also allows viewers to spawn events in a streamer’s game once certain conditions are met. Options include Moxxi Mixer events, Badass Viewer events, and more.
Accessibility: In an effort to ensure all players are able to enjoy Borderlands 3, Gearbox has developed a full suite of accessibility options. Mostly notably, you can fully remap all of the controls, whether you’re playing on console or PC. This makes Borderlands 3 fully compatible with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. In addition, players will be able to toggle headbob, auto-mantling, and aim assist options, and will also find extensive closed captioning options (including adjustable text size and opacity) as well as deep considerations for color blindness.
Most exciting of all, Gearbox unveiled a new pinging system that allows you to quickly and effectively communicate with your co-op partners without speaking. If you ping enemies, loot chests, guns, or other key points of interest in the game world, those interest points are highlighted in-world and on the mini-map for all players to see, and your character fires off a contextually relevant VO line.
For additional details on all these features and more, please refer to this blog post. For a complete look at all of the information covered in the “Borderlands 3: At the Corner of Social and Streaming” panel, you can view the panel in its entirety here (panel starts at 6:31:41). Screenshots and other assets can be found at newsroom.2k.com. Borderlands 3 launches on September 13, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.