Borderlands Mask of Mayhem Trailer Analysis and How it Compares to Borderlands 3 Leaks

We look into the recent teaser trailer and see if the leaked information about new vault hunters, NPC characters and villains was true while waiting for the real announcement at PAX East 2019

With the recent teases on Gearbox’s Twitter and upcoming March 28 PAX East, fans are doing their best to figure out what the next Borderlands has in store for them. To their great delight, Gearbox came up with a teaser trailer for a new Borderlands game, titled ‘’Mask of Mayhem’’. There are a lot of familiar faces as well as a lot of newcomers to the series, and it’s still unclear how they fit into the bigger Borderlands puzzle.

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the teaser trailer below, along with our analysis:

Shortly before the trailer was revealed, a few leaks about the triquel were posted on Resetera. While they should be taken with a grain of salt, some look quite reliable compared to what we’ve seen in the trailer. We’re gonna go through these findings and see if they add up in comparison to the teaser trailer for Borderlands 3.

Beware the spoilers ahead.

Leaked timeline and location

Originally posted on 4chan, the leak gives certain information about the characters, gameplay and the plot of the upcoming shooter. For instance, the game will take place 5 years after the end of Borderlands 2, featuring a return of a now adult Tiny Tina.

The game will also include interplanetary travel, starting on Pandora and progressing to other celestial bodies such as Promethea.

Evil twins as the villains

The first thing we see in the trailer are a couple of ominous figures, a man and a woman, who fans believe are either siblings or romantically entangled. The woman, in particular, is sporting a pair of angel wings, which suggests she is most likely a siren.

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The duo appear to be worshipped by a horde of Psychos which further cements their role as villains of the Borderlands 3 universe

As the leak states, the antagonists are The Calypso Twins, the female being a siren and the male having siren-like powers that are currently a complete mystery. They are presumably former Atlas employees now ruling The Children of the Vault, a cult to replace common Bandits and Scavs

New and old Vault Hunters

There are several characters in the trailer that seem to be newcomers to the series and possible playable characters. These include an older gentleman with an eyepatch, a robot wearing a hoodie, a lady with a giant revolver driving a car, and a woman gunner.

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According to the leak, the new playable vault hunters will be: a robotic beastmaster, a gadget-wielding operative, a gunner class able to deploy a bear mech, and a siren with Brick-style melee gameplay

The leaked character description and image match the teaser perfectly. Perhaps they are the new big four that we get to play as. Moreover, user Heid noted that the Beastmaster character could be the Loader Bot from Tales from the Borderlands.

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We also get a clear shot of Brick and Mordecai in mid high-five, along with a third character who appears to be a grown-up Tiny Tina. It could be that they’re introducing a new character who simply looks like her, but given that she’s wearing bunny ears and sporting a stuffed bunny on her belt, this is unlikely.

One other familiar protagonist we see in the trailer is Lilith, who is standing on her own, perched up high with wings on her back. The ominous way she’s presented, along with the fact that the only other character in the video to sport angel wings is part of the villain duo on top, both seem to suggest that she’s probably not a playable character.

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Also, all the other friendlies are shown to be in some form of camaraderie, but Lillith is left standing all alone — on top of an Atlas soldier. This could indicate some kind of rogue element is in store.

Several NPC characters are back, new ones spotted

We get a clear shot of several friendly characters we’ve come to know and love including Claptrap, Mad Moxxi (and her bar), Sir Hammerlock and Elli. A woman looking similar to Hammerlock’ sister, Baroness Lady Aurelia, is also spotted. However, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of Scooter.

There are also a couple of new characters such as a shirtless man with a cape and a buzz axe, and two armed characters next to Claptrap.

Jack is back — maybe. We clearly see Handsome Jack’s mask in the video along with the slashes that his daughter Angel made when she attacked him. And given that the teaser trailer is titled Mask of Mayhem, they might just be referring to Jack.

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In fact, Jack was killed at the end of Borderlands 2 and returned as a hologram AI in Tales from the Borderlands. Besides, the leak says that AI Jack may return in the sequel as a friendly character.

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There is an Atlas logo on the right when the sequence zooms out. The leaked information says that it will be back as a manufacturer, and Rhys will be back as Atlas CEO. Gorty is said to be back too to ‘’help the player find multiple vaults’’, but there was no sign of him in the teaser

Unfortunately, the trailer did not show any of the playable characters from Borderlands 2, which is quite odd considering the role they played in the unraveling of that game’s plot.

New vehicles to ride

As another leak published on Resetera says, there will be a specific transport for each location. As of now, the sources confirm four vehicles. In the teaser trailer, we see a car driven by a siren. It is similar to those from previous games and could be a 4-player vehicle given the fact that all four vault hunters are on it (okay, three at least).

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There are just two seats, but players could be sitting on top of the car. Besides, the new vehicle has some kind of retractable blades that could be used to damage enemies’ cars and kill ‘’infantry’’. There is also a ship or a hovering transport seen in the distance. Whether it’s playable or not, we’ll find out pretty soon
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Another rideable vehicle is a monowheel bike. It doesn’t have any weapons of its own, so perhaps we’ll be using usual guns to shoot. Above the rider, there are two flying objects, which look like Rakks with a gunner and a scag on their backs. This couple could be a new type of enemy or even a flying mount, which sounds just like Borderlands

At this point, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation of today’s PAX East reveal, but we’re quite grateful to Gearbox for including these many goodies within such a brief teaser trailer. Here’s to hoping we see the cast from the second game come back, alongside fan favorite Claptrap.