The Borderlands 3 trailer reveal on Thursday, March 28 didn’t go exactly as developer Gearbox Software would have liked and was plagued by technical difficulties throughout.
Borderlands 2 was released in 2012, so fans of the series have had to wait a solid seven years for an update on Borderlands 3.
The first trailer for the latest instalment in the Borderlands franchise was officially revealed to fans at PAX East and the presentation did not get off to a good start.
As the trailer began rolling, it resembled a powerpoint more than a video game trailer, and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford begged PAX to help him out.
“Please help me out you guys,” he asked on stage. “I love PAX but come on. We should have brought our own equipment, right?”
Things, unfortunately, did not get better in the presentation from there. A second attempt was made by PAX staff to play the trailer and a second time they were shunned by the technology gods.
Things seemed promising for half a second after the smooth fade to black, but fans were greeted with another slideshow-quality trailer, this time with an extra Windows menu underneath the video display.
The crowd reacted with groans and jeers of “DLC” as PAX staff failed to get the trailer running for a second time.
People were quick to mock the presentation, but as far as the game goes, most fans seem very excited to be getting another Borderlands game and not just DLC or a new port for Borderlands 2.
Borderlands 3 brings back Lilith, Maya, Brick, Mordecai and Zer0, who were all featured in the trailer along with, of course, Claptrap.
As far as where the game seems to take place somewhat on Pandora, but the trailer also features a large city and jungle areas, so it probably won’t be all desert.
Despite the official trailer reveal being an absolute flop, the trailer posted to YouTube by Gearbox after the debacle at PAX actually looks pretty good, and like a fitting successor in the Borderlands series.
That hasn’t stopped plenty of people around the internet from dunking on the scuffed presentation at PAX though.
Streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel decided to check out the reveal for himself along with chat and he absolutely lost it when a viewer used the TTS donation to ask “Mr. Randy, may I please have another frame sir?”
“Dude, the video file itself is corrupted,” xQc said as he tried to stop laughing. “Please, kill me dude.”
Despite all the jokes, the disaster surrounding the trailer’s premier might mean more exposure and more people talking about Borderlands 3 than the game would have gotten if everything had gone off without a hitch.