Well, now we know what Gearbox Software has in mind for PAX East as we’re going to be getting Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) leaked the release on their website after giving the game an M-Rating for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, and Mature Humor. We also know the game will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but there’s no release date attached. Most interesting from this is the description of the game, which sounds like a combination of a Wikipedia article and an English teacher’s description of the game for a test.
Rating Summary: This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a Vault Hunter (i.e., treasure hunter) on a quest to uncover an alien vault on the planet of Pandora. Players explore an open-world environment and interact with characters, while completing mission objectives. Combat missions require players to use futuristic firearms (e.g., acid pistols, electrical shotguns, grenade launchers) to kill human bandits, alien creatures, and robotic sentries. Battles are frenetic and accompanied by screams of pain, gunfire, and large explosions. Human enemies emit large splashes of blood when shot and killed; some attacks may result in dismemberment and/or decapitation. The game contains frequent instances of mature humor, sometimes suggestive/sexual in nature: radio advertisements for male-enhancement products (e.g., “Do you ever feel like you are firing blanks?”); dialogue and text about body parts and other innuendo (e.g., “Really ‘preciate you takin’ a poke at that…uh, the system, not my mom”; “And pop! Went the weasel. I like it when things pop.”). The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” are heard in the game.
Now granted, this doesn’t kill Gearbox’s announcements at PAX East. If anything, this softens the blow because if they don’t have Borderlands 3 on deck, it’s better to know now than have a crowd boo you at a presentation when you don’t come out with what they hope. For all we know, they’ll still announce a sequel. But if not, at least that’s out of the way. We’ll see what happens at the event next week.