Borderlands 3 Details ‘Proving Grounds’ and ‘Circle of Slaughter’ Modes

If you’re the type of Vault Hunter who loves a challenge, Borderlands 3 lets you test your skills to score some top-tier loot in the crucibles of the all-new Proving Grounds and the returning Circle of Slaughter arenas. Gearbox creative director Paul Sage announced these Borderlands 3 features in conversation with Geoff Keighley during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live show in Cologne, Germany, revealing how these rewarding and highly replayable missions work.

Throughout Borderlands 3’s journey across the solar system, you’ll find Circle of Slaughter arenas sponsored by the combustion-obsessed weapons manufacturers at Torgue. Once you’ve signed up for a Circle of Slaughter, it’s do or die; if you’re downed and no one’s around to revive you, your run is officially over and you can say goodbye to a big payout. You’ll be up against an army of enemies who attack in droves across five rounds with multiple waves each, blasting everything that moves until no bandit, ‘bot, or hostile beast is left standing. All the while, your delicate ears will be graced by the expletive-filled hollering of Mister Torgue himself, who provides some extremely colorful commentary and doesn’t tolerate failure. If you’re hoping to impress Mister Torgue and his impossibly massive pecs, you can show off some flair by completing bonus objectives like racking up kills via melee attacks, ground slams, or—if you really want to pander to your target audience—grenades. EXPLOSIONS!


Later in the campaign, you may be worthy of taking part in the Proving Grounds: themed gauntlets watched over by a Guardian known as the Overseer who wishes to test your mettle on behalf of the mysterious “Masters.” Proving Grounds are races against the clock, tasking you with blitzing your way through three areas filled with baddies and beating a boss in 30 minutes or less. If you complete your chosen Trial quickly and efficiently you’ll earn better bounties, and for even greater rewards you can complete bonus objectives like beating the Proving Grounds without dying, completing it with a certain amount of time remaining, or managing to find and eliminate an elusive Fallen Guardian who roams the area. The chest that awaits at the end of the Proving Grounds always contains valuable loot, but you’ll need to display true mastery if you want the best rewards.

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Borderlands 3 will not have Preloading on Epic Games Store

If you’re excited about Borderlands 3 and are looking forward to playing the game the moment it launches on PC, you might sadly have to wait a bit longer. Especially if you have a slow internet connection.


The Epic Games Store won’t let you preload the game because they supposedly don’t have the support for it. They’ve been under a lot of fire because of their exclusivity deals and most people aren’t happy about it. Especially after they realized that Epic Games has support for pre-loading but won’t have it for Borderlands 3.


According to Tim Sweeney, they haven’t done it for Borderlands 3 because they aren’t certain if they will be able to support the demands of a game like Borderlands 3. So maybe they’re just trying to not risk it because they’re not sure if it’ll work well and don’t want to end up having issues with it and then catching more flak for it.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s a bit of a bummer for people who have slow internet connections because they will have to wait till the day of the release to be able to download the game. Depending on their connection, this could take days because, in a lot of places, internet speeds are still slow.

At least they have the functionality according to their Trello board so hopefully, they can start using it for bigger games that they’ve made exclusive to their platform.

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Borderlands 3 FL4K Character Trailer Released; Will Run on 4K on PS4 Pro

Borderlands 3’s final character trailer has released. This trailer features FL4K, an emergent AI who alongside his three loyal pets hunts folks across the galaxy.

The Beast Master FL4K is the hunter class for Borderlands 3 and along with his pets will aim to tear people up. If the voice for FL4K sounds familiar to you then it’s probably because it is voiced by SungWon Cho is also known as ProZD on Youtube.

In other news, Scott Velasquez, Online & Social Product Owner for Borderlands 3 talked about the game’s performance on the PlayStation 4 in an interview with the PlayStation Blog.

When asked whether or not the game will have different graphical settings on the PlayStation 4 Pro he stated that the game would take full advantage of the hardware.

Yes, players will be able to choose between ‘favor resolution’ and ‘favor performance’ on the PS4 Pro through a new setting called Graphics Preference. When “favor resolution” is selected, we aim for the highest resolution possible, capping framerate at 30 frames per second. In “favor performance” mode, we increase the framerate cap to 60 frames per second and render at 1080P.

So the game will get a higher resolution option with HDR as well but we don’t think it’s going to be native 4K like most games on the PS4 Pro. However, it is good to see that they’re giving people the option to choose a 60fps experience if they want but whether or not it’ll be a solid 60fps is yet to be seen.

Also, we hope that the base PS4 is not neglected. It’s most likely going to target [email protected] but we really hope that they manage to get it to stick that 30fps framerate. Otherwise, it will really hamper the experience and in a shooter like Borderlands 3, bad framerates will frustrate the player.

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Borderlands 3 Has Gone Gold

Borderlands 3 has gone gold. This means that the game has reached version 1.0 and is ready to be shipped. This is usually the final version of the game pre-launch.


The game has gone gold about a month a half before it’s release date which is on September 13th. While the game is ready, we are yet to see character trailers for the rest of the playable characters besides Zane so as we get closer to the release date we can see more of these trailers.

Even though Borderlands 3 has been getting a bit of bad press because of the Epic Games Store exclusivity and because of Randy Pitchford’s antics, the game is still looked forward to by many people and is still an absolute fan favourite.

Borderlands 3 launches on September 13th for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on PC exclusively via the Epic Games Store.

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Borderlands 3 New Gameplay Revealed

See the first ever Borderlands 3 gameplay as well as commentary from the Gearbox development team on everything from the new Vault Hunters to interplanetary travel and sweet, sweet loot.

ABOUT BORDERLANDS 3 The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure. Blast your way through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.

Key Features:

A MAYHEM-FUELED THRILL RIDE Stop the fanatical Calypso Twins from uniting the bandit clans and claiming the galaxy’s ultimate power. Only you, a thrill-seeking Vault Hunter, have the arsenal and allies to take them down.

YOUR VAULT HUNTER, YOUR PLAYSTYLE Become one of four extraordinary Vault Hunters, each with unique abilities, playstyles, deep skill trees, and tons of personalization options. All Vault Hunters are capable of awesome mayhem alone, but together they are unstoppable.

LOCK, LOAD, AND LOOT With bazillions of guns and gadgets, every fight is an opportunity to score new gear. Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, got that too.

NEW BORDERLANDS Discover new worlds beyond Pandora, each featuring unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Tear through hostile deserts, battle your way across war-torn cityscapes, navigate deadly bayous, and more!

QUICK & SEAMLESS CO-OP ACTION Play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress. Take down enemies and challenges as a team, but reap rewards that are yours alone – no one misses out on loot.

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Borderlands 3 Announced, No Battle Royale Mode, Over A Billion Guns

Publisher 2K Games and developer Gearbox Software have announced Borderlands 3, the next full installment in the original shooter-looter franchise. The announcement was made at PAX East, and more information will be revealed on the 3rd of April.

Watch the announcement trailer below:

With a huge array of guns, lots of new and returning characters, and no throwaway Battle royale mode, Borderlands 3 is poised to be the next definitive looter shooter.

Here’s the teaser that was put out before the official release:

Alongside Borderlands 3, 4K remasters/DLC updates for the original Borderlands and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection were also announced, with various bug fixes.

Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition 4K Remaster Trailer:

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Trailer:

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