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Borderlands 3 New Arms Race Mode Features “A Totally New Game”, Coming This Month

With Arms Race mode a new, independent game mode for the loot shooter Borderlands 3 is in development. According to Gearbox Software, the mode will change the entire game.


The responsible developers at Gearbox Software are currently working on new content for the loot shooter Borderlands 3. This also includes a new game mode called Arms Race, with which the developers want to give meaning to each weapon in an interesting way.

In a recent interview with GameSpot, the developers talked about the Arms Race mode, which is made available as a standalone. However, they did not want to go into too much detail yet.

“Our goal with Arms Race is to make the gun game in our game of millions of guns really matter,” emphasized lead level designer Graeme Timmins. “And I can talk about that game mode for hours. I’m so excited about it, but we’ll have to wait. I’ll say it’s got its own environment and just leave it at that.”

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has also emphasized that Borderlands 3 feels like a “totally new game” thanks to Arms Race. “The way it feels to me, when I play it, it’s like, ‘Holy crap. This changes everything.’ And I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Pitchford said further.

“So I think some of the folks that maybe are only interested in narrative experiences, we might lose them. But the folks that love the RPG loot and love that gear fighting experience, and also maybe folks who play completely different games… I have a feeling some Call of Duty folks are going to turn their head and go, ‘Wait a minute. What’s this?’ Even some battle royale people are going to go, ‘That sounds interesting. I want to check that out.’ It’s not a battle royale game, though. So we’re not doing that.”

Specific information on Arms Race is expected to be revealed later this month. We’ll update you as soon as the details are revealed. For the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Gearbox Software will also offer a free upgrade that will improve both resolution and frame rate.