Borderlands 3 Bounty Of Blood DLC Won’t Reintroduce An Old Character Like Previous DLCs

The third campaign expansion for Borderlands 3, Bounty of Blood, is scheduled to release on June 25. In a GameSpot Play For All interview, Gearbox creative director Matt Cox revealed that this new DLC would break the pattern of seeing the return of a Borderlands character. You can watch the full interview in the video embedded below.

“We do have some freedom to try some new things with certain story moments,” Cox said. “And we’re keeping a lot of the story close to the chest because we built something that we think is pretty special–some surprises here and there. And I just want to say this: When I say surprises, I know a lot of people think, ‘Ah, returning characters are coming back, who is it?’ But I just want to be very clear that the only returning characters are the Vault Hunters themselves. The planet of Gehenna and all the characters we meet are all brand-new.”

Both of Borderlands 3’s first two campaign DLCs saw the return of fan-favorite Borderlands characters. In Mad Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jack, you teamed up with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel‘s Timothy and the Lovecraft-themed Love, Guns, and Tentacles reintroduced Borderlands 2‘s Gaige. Based on the teaser image for the fourth and final DLC expansion, it’s assumed DLC 4 will see us reunite with Borderlands 2’s Krieg, which would mean that Bounty of Blood will be the only campaign expansion not focused around a returning character.

“We have a lot of new characters in this DLC,” Cox said. “It’s a simple story overall–seek revenge on the Devil Riders–but having that focused of a plot allows the characters we build around it to have a lot more room to breathe and for us to get attached to them. So yeah…we did try to get a little bit more of a serious tone for the main story of Bounty of Blood, but it’s Borderlands so we still look for all of those opportunities for the traditional Borderlands humor. You’ll see a lot more of that in the side missions, but for the main plot, I think people are in for something pretty unique and fresh for Borderlands.”

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