Gearbox is hyping up Borderlands big time. Before a reveal at PAX East on Thursday, the company dropped a teaser trailer stating "Mayhem is coming," which you can watch above. It's a cool video, depicting characters from across the Borderlands series etched into marble-like statues. What does this trailer actually tell us about the game Gearbox is revealing tomorrow? Nothing directly, but there are definitely clues hidden throughout.
Here's what diehard Borderlands fans have picked apart, and what we've learned from watching and rewatching the trailer.
Tiny Tina looks grown up
There are tons of Borderlands characters in statue form in this trailer, from mainstays like Claptrap to supporting characters like Sir Hammerlock. One of the most notable is Tiny Tina, who's doing a high-five with playable characters Brick and Mordecai. She looks fully grown now. That sure makes it seem likely she appears in the new game, as this depiction of her isn't a throwback to her Borderlands 2 appearance.
Tales from the Borderlands' Rhys and Vaughn are here
Maya - new cap outfitZero - badass assassinRhys - with a mustache, and notice he is standing on top of the ATLAS sign pic.twitter.com/eGXNtJxA6fMarch 27, 2019
We really liked Tales from the Borderlands, and it's pretty cool to see characters from that Telltale game have some significance here! There's a shot of a bare-chested, bearded man who could definitely be an older Vaughn. Rhys is unmistakable, though, standing on top of an Atlas logo. He's in the same frame as Borderlands 2 playable characters Maya and Zero.
It sure looks like there are two villains
Previous leaks have referred to the Calypso Twins, and this sure looks like them. The trailer opens on a shot of these two characters holding an upside-down vault symbol, and they're being worshipped by a legion of psychos. We then get a closer look at them, and they have some pretty mean studded collars and edgy haircuts. If that's not enough evidence, there's also a shot of one of the pair beknighting a bandit. I'll go out on a limb and guess that these two have united all the baddies of Pandora into a powerful new army.
Mechanic Ellie is playing with a spaceship
Will Ellie be building us a spaceship to visit Promethea ???!!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/HXFYQPNicNMarch 27, 2019
A great spot from Mentalmars. A popular Borderlands 3 theory is that this game will take us off Pandora and to multiple planets, and Ellie playing with a spaceship sure would be a good clue.
New playable Vault Hunters include a cool robot
Borderlands 2 kept the original game's Vault Hunters around as story characters and introduced us to four new playable characters, and it sure looks like this new game is following a similar path. We see all those original heroes scattered throughout the video, but early in the trailer it focuses in on four unknowns clustered tightly together. These are our new heroes.
Leaks may have also given us their names. Zane (eyepatch guy), Flak (robot), Amara (Siren), Moze (Soldier). You can read more leaked details about their classes here.
Claptrap is still here (I'm sorry)
sorry for putting him in so late, but CLAPTRAP is also here. If you aren't a fan of him then someone did you a favor as he has a bullet hole in his chest.I wonder if that is a storage deck upgrade in his hand... pic.twitter.com/SPKuD5N2Y7March 27, 2019
But it does look like someone shot him. Maybe they got his voice box. One can only dream.
Handsome Jack's mask probably means something
Handsome Jack's mask makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo early in the video as the camera pans up and out of the cathedral-esque hall where the villains are being worshipped by bandits. It's positioned over the doorway like a crest. And the title of the trailer is "Mask of Mayhem." Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
It looks like there's a new sci-fi wheel car
This is pretty clearly a new vehicle type that you've probably seen in some sci-fi movie or other before. It's a big wheel that'll spin to move the contraption while the inner wheel remains level.
Lilith is back, but she might have gone rogue?
It's too early to say Lilith's gone bad, but our colleagues at GamesRadar have done some shrewd analysis here. Lilith is depicted with wings in this trailer, just like the woman at the beginning of the trailer who seems like a villain. Then again, perhaps Lilith is leading the opposition against them: the epilogue to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, set shortly after Borderlands 2, could be interpreted as setting Lilith up to command the Vault Hunters.
There's a hidden Borderlands 2 SHIFT code, in case you have the itch to play Borderlands right now
Courtesy of Metalmars, if you spot these codes spread throughout the trailer and add them together, they become a SHIFT code for Borderlands 2 that unlocks a skin for Salvador and 5 golden keys.
Here it is: C35TB – WS6ST – TXBRK – TTTJT – JJH6H
Morse code and braille hide even more secret messages
Apparently we could scrutinize this video all day, huh? As fans have been picking apart, there are bits of braille and morse code hiding cryptic messages.
Braille: "Follow and obey."
Morse code: "Count the Sirens."
If one of the new villains is a siren (the wings seem to be a dead giveaway), and we also have Lilith, Maya, and new playable character Amara, that's four of the six Sirens allowed to exist in the universe at any one time. Are there two more out there, and if so, are they important to the plot? That sure seems to be the implication.