Borderlands 3’s New Villains Are Based On Livestreamers

Gearbox recently lived its best life as it revealed the gameplay for its upcoming game, Borderlands 3, in a livestream watched around the world.

Along with the gameplay, we saw a whole load of fun things that the title’s going to bring, including a range of seriously impressive weapons, gameplay mechanics and even some story elements.

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Interestingly, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that the title’s new villains, the Calypso Twins, are based on livestreamers, saying they’re the “douchiest streamers.”

The gameplay revealed that the Twins actually use livestreaming as a way to communicate with their followers, which is definitely something that’s caught a lot of peoples’ attention.

The narrative managing director for Gearbox, Randy Varnell, confirmed to ComicBook even more about the Twins and their connection to the world of streamers.

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“Our culture, especially gaming culture, is so dominated by big personalities, big influencers, by streamers,” Varnell said. “It’s not just the big, gigantic media outlets anymore that tell people and get fans excited about things. So many people that started out were just fans themselves.”

Going into more detail about the new evil characters, Varnell said: “The Calypso Twins are imagined in if we take the streamers that we know and love and imagine that, off to the side, they wanted to use that fame, and they start instructing their fans,

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“If you have a million followers and start telling them ‘Hey, steal something and mail it to me,’ that is super lucrative for the streamer, but that is illegal and unethical. In Borderlands, a universe that is not ruled by the same laws and ethics and restrictions that we have in our society, will it happen if that goes off the rails?”

Sounds very interesting!

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In the showcase event over in Los Angeles – which had everything from masked fans to decorated urinals – GameByte’s very own Brett Claxton got the opportunity to get hands-on with the game.

Check out some of the footage from Gearbox in the video below!

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Borderlands 3 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and as a timed Epic Games Store exclusive, September 13 2019.

Will you be picking this up?

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