For years, fans have been clamouring for the tiniest bit of info about Borderlands 3 and with the release of the Mask of Mayhem teaser trailer, there has been an inundation of secrets, and nods to the upcoming story.
In what has to be one of the best ways to tease a game, Mask of Mayhem opens up onto a static scene in the shape of a Psycho mask, comprised of an incredible amount of characters, locations, and vehicles.
With such an inordinate amount of Easter Eggs and teases hidden within this one scene, hype has begun to rapidly build for the upcoming title, all without giving away anything concrete.
Over the years, players have built up an extra-special relationship with the colourful characters of the Borderlands universe and the franchise just wouldn’t be the same without them. Thankfully, we may not have to.
All three Vault Hunters from the first Borderlands are present, Brick and Mordecai being the buddies they are, high-fiving with a grown Tiny Tina. It appears that a lot of time has passed between the events of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3.
Lilith, in her Siren Firehawk form, stands alone, atop an amalgam of chaos, guns, and twisted metal.
Our ol’ pal Hammerlock wasn’t hard to spot, a touch of class and dapperness amongst the crowded scene.
Ellie has had some upgrades, sporting what looks to be a new robotic arm, she definitely means business.
Glimpsed through this new type of motorcycle, you can see Moxxi’s bar, which is a relief, she is definitely a crowd favourite. If you zoom in, (I recommend you check out Mental Mars’ Twitter thread, as he has some great hi-res closeups) you can see that Moxxi’s bar appears vaguely shiplike, complete with a crows nest.
Rhys from Tales from the Borderlands stands stoic atop the Atlas corporation sign while our favourite number, Zer0, launches an airborne assault while Maya floats below, as graceful as ever.
To the left of the above image, we see a crouched soldier who bears a similarity to Axton, but which could possibly be a generic soldier type.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest mysteries of the trailer is why a large group of bandits, daresay all the bandits, are bowing and prostrating themselves before a large statue of what appears to be a Siren.
Revealed by Handsome Jack, who’s mask is at the start of the trailer, only six Sirens can be existence at any one time. Forgetting for the moment that two of the four known Sirens are dead, Steele and Angel, that leaves two to yet be revealed. It could very well be that a new Siren has emerged, powered by the openings of the Vaults, and is subjugating the various bandit clans.
The story tease from Battleborn cannot be discounted, at least at this point. Morse code puzzles in the background of Battleborn‘s Operations revealed a message;
Children of the Vault
We are not on Pandora anymore
Tannis is not what she seems
Do not open the Vaults”
This could have changed over time but seeing as how Tannis herself makes an appearance within the trailer, flanked by some shady-looking individuals, this story tease holds some weight.
With Gearbox’s PAX East livestream scheduled for tomorrow, fans are eagerly awaiting more information on the world of Borderlands 3. Hopefully, it’s an official trailer.