Mayhem is coming. Image courtesy of 2K.

My Trigger Finger is Twitching

My day was already starting out pretty good. Got over a major hurdle in a big-time project and I can feel the smooth sailing from here. I checked my bank account and had a lot more money that I thought would be there. And then, bam. The best news of all. A new Borderlands teaser just dropped.

Borderlands is my all-time favorite game series. There’s something oddly therapeutic about ransacking bandits and plundering their loot. I was playing the first Borderlands game just a couple of weeks ago. I actually was power-leveling myself in areas way out of my league because I know the game so well.

My trigger finger is just twitching in anticipation of picking up a brand new Borderlands experience. So let’s dive in and find out what we know about the new game.

A possibly new type of vehicle in the game. Image courtesy of 2K.

Hunting for a New Vault

It seems like ages since a new Borderlands game was first teased with tech demos (wow, that was a year ago?). Now we’ve got a brand new teaser trailer that straight up gives me goosebumps.

The trailer itself is of static, uncolored models and the camera view sweeping through them all. We see many familiar characters. We see Ellie and Sir Hammerlock from Borderlands 2. Some previously playable main characters are also seen: Brick, Mordecai, and a Clap Trap. And who is that girl high-fiving her bros? Could that be a grown-up Tiny Tina? There are also several unfamiliar characters I look forward to meeting.

Could this girl high-fiving Mordecai and Brick be Tiny Tina all grown up? Image courtesy of 2K.

Not much can be drawn from this teaser, as there’s no voice-over or explanation of what’s going on or who these new characters are. But I have some theories. The four characters around the buggy can be assumed to be the new playable characters. A man with an eyepatch, a Zero-esque sniper, a badass woman, and a tiny machine-gunner chick.

A New Siren Character?

At the beginning of the trailer, you see a character that looks a lot like a potential siren. She also has a pretty striking similarity to Angel, Jack’s daughter, who supposedly died at the end of Borderlands 2. She has large wings and is holding above her head what looks like a vault key or some other artifact.

Image courtesy of 2K.

As the camera pans away, we see many people are bowing down to her. The character models of the people bowing look a lot like psychos. There’s a lot of psycho imagery in the trailer, and I can see them taking a big role in the story. I suspect that this siren-looking character might become the villain of the story alongside the psychos.

She is often seen throughout the trailer beside a man of a similar punk haircut. I dare say that he is on her side, too, as a close partner or perhaps a relative. I’m going to take it a step further and suspect that these two characters are related to Handsome Jack in some way, judging from the Jack mask we see at the front of the temple this scene is taking place in.

The mask on the front of the temple. Image courtesy of 2K.

The title of the trailer is “Mask of Mayhem.” The trailer concludes with the phrase “Mayhem is Coming.” Because Borderlands has ridiculous villain names, I wonder if this doesn’t have a double meaning. Is one of the villains named Mayhem, or am I reading too much into this? Either way, it almost solidifies the theory that the masked psychos will be playing a big part in the story.

Secrets in Plain Sight

The people over at Games Radar over-analyzed the trailer and found a lot of hidden secrets.

One of the secrets is a Shift code sprinkled in pieces around the trailer. Assembling it together you get C35TB-WS6ST-TXBRK-TTTJT-JJH6H. It can be redeemed for both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel. Once redeemed, you get the following message:

“Thank you for being excited enough to dissect the new bandit mask with the grace of Dr. Zed! As a reward, you have been granted Salvador’s Community Day skin and 5 Golden Keys! There are more skins to be granted, so good luck out there, Vault Hunter!”

Believe or not, Games Radar also claims that there is both Morse code and braille hidden in the trailer. The Morse code says “Count the Sirens.” This is a reference to the fact that only 6 sirens can exist in the universe at one time. We know of Maya, Lilith, Steele, and Angel. The last two are supposedly dead. The BrailleĀ  reads “Like, Follow, and Obey.” A thematic choice of words considering the cult-ish look of the worship in the trailer.

Watch the Trailer and Stay Tuned

More information about the new Borderlands game will be released March 28th at the Gearbox panel at PAX East. Are you counting down the minutes? I am.