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Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition, Arms Race gameplay, and more revealed

Posted: Oct 29 2020

The Borderlands Show hosts Greg Miller, Fran Mirabella, and Mitsu really had their work cut out for them on the latest episode. After recapping a lot of recent exciting Borderlands 3 news, they unveiled the upcoming Ultimate Edition, got a first look at the Multiverse Final Form cosmetics, and showed off new Arms Race gameplay that's coming to Borderlands 3 on November 10 as part of the Designer's Cut add-on.

The latest episode of The Borderlands Show is jam-packed with exciting Borderlands 3 news, including the announcement of the Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition and the first look at Arms Race, which launches November 10 as part of Season Pass 2.

Arms Race is included in the new Designer’s Cut add-on, the new DLC that's available in Season Pass 2 or as a standalone purchase starting November 10, and offers a fast-paced, roguelike experience. In this challenging new mode, you’re stripped of all your gear and dropped into a new zone where you’ll have to get loot or die trying. Gearbox Software's Creative Director Graeme Timmins joined the gang to offer some developer insights as well.

Arms Race is hosted by two fan-favorite former Vault Hunters turned ECHOcast commentators: Axton and Salvador! These Borderlands 2 bros host the galaxy's premier reality murder show and you're their next all-star contestant. The action takes place throughout the Stormblind Complex: an expansive, decommissioned DAHL military base set on a wintry island in a previously hidden corner of Pandora.

The Stormblind Complex likely got its name for some extremely fatal weather called the Murdercane (short for 'murder hurricane') that perpetually ravages the base. As soon as you drop onto the island, you're racing against the clock to grab as much gear as you can and get it to extraction points before you get obliterated by the encroaching storm's icy devastation.

To ensure everyone's on equal footing, all skill trees are disabled in Arms Race, meaning no Action Skills or passive abilities. The focus here is on gunplay, rewarding your ability to blast attackers while avoiding the Murdercane. You can resurrect any fallen co-op allies at designated respawn points, but if everyone in your party falls, your Arms Race run is over and any loot you failed to extract is gone forever.

You've likely been ignoring white and blue rarity weapons for ages now, but in Arms Race, they could very well make the difference between a failed run and glorious triumph. If you’re lucky enough to find a Legendary, your chances of survival will certainly improve, but victory is never guaranteed.

If you hope to get the very best Legendary loot that only drops in Arms Race, you'll need to gear up and face off against Heavyweight Harker, the final boss of the Stormblind Complex. Arms Race will push your run-and-gun skills to their limits, and though you may die repeatedly, successfully completing a run will make you the stuff of ECHOcast legend.

Season Pass 2 is included with Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition, which delivers the quintessential Borderlands 3 experience. Ultimate Edition grants you access to all Borderlands 3 content released as of November 10, 2020, including the award-winning base game, six content add-ons, and multiple bonus cosmetic packs.

That includes a new set of four Multiverse Final Form cosmetic packs, one for each Vault Hunter. These incredible outfits add a new character body model and matching head for each Vault Hunter, giving you new ways to look fresh while causing trouble. The Multiverse Final Forms imagine how each character might've turned out in an alternate universe where they never became a Vault Hunter. For all you fashionistas, you'll be happy to know that these cosmetics can be mixed and matched with other Body and Heads as desired, and can also be paired with skins.

These slick outfits are also included with Borderlands 3 Next-Level Edition, a new console-only version that includes the base game as well as the Multiverse Final Form cosmetics. As a thank you to everyone who has maximized their mayhem thus far, the Multiverse Final Form cosmetic packs will also be granted to existing owners of Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition and the original Season Pass, as well as the Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition and Season Pass 2.

Game Designer Tommy Westerman also shed some light on the new playstyles made possible by the new skill trees for Amara the SirenFL4K the BeastmasterMoze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative in the Designer's Cut. If you missed the recent in-depth reveals, check out the paired-up breakdowns in our Amara/FL4K and Moze/Zane articles, complete with developer commentary from Tommy and Graeme.

The new skill trees and Arms Race launch November 10 which can be purchased as part of Designer's Cut and require Borderlands 3 to play. We're also pushing Mayhem Mode to 11! This update, available to all players, lets you experience Mayhem 10 difficulty and loot without any of the Mayhem Modifiers, with slightly lower drop rates as a tradeoff for the mildly reduced challenge. Community feedback has been integral to the continued evolution of Mayhem Mode, so please keep it coming and let us know if you enjoy Mayhem 11!

You might've heard that next-gen Borderlands 3 will be available day-and-date alongside the new consoles, playable at launch on the Xbox Series X / Series S on November 10 and the PlayStation 5 when it launches on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, and November 19 in the rest of the world. Existing Borderlands 3 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One who purchase a next-generation console can upgrade to the next-gen version within the same console family for free to enjoy up to 60 fps gameplay at 4K in both single-player and online play, as well as three- and four-player splitscreen in local co-op. Players who own a physical disc of Borderlands 3 will need the Xbox Series X or standard PlayStation 5 console models that include a disc drive to take advantage of this feature. Check out the full announcement of Borderlands 3 on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 for more details.

So, to recap: Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition and Next-Level Edition, Season Pass 2 and the Designer's Cut DLC, the Multiverse Final Form cosmetics, and Mayhem 11 are hitting on November 10. Think you can handle all that next-level mayhem? It's nearly time to find out!

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