Gearbox Software is marking a long-standing fan’s fight against terminal cancer by naming a gun in Borderlands 3 after him.
Trevor Eastman posted about his plight on Reddit, saying: “My name is Trevor Eastman and I’m 26 years old. Last June I was diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal, stomach and liver cancer. I was given a year to live…I’ve been a huge fan of Borderlands for a long time now…and I don’t know if I’ll live to see Borderlands 3. If there’s any possible way that someone could find a way for me to be able to play it early…I would be forever grateful.”
As Polygon reports, Gearbox responded in touching fashion, not only inviting Eastman to the studio to spend four hours playing a preview build of the game but also inviting him to name one of the game’s unique weapons.
Eastman posted about the experience on Reddit, saying: “So I know a lot of you have followed me and my story with my cancer and how Gearbox actually made my dream come true of being able to play some of the game early…but recently an amazing person from Gearbox actually allowed me to name a gun and the red text under it! I am seriously so happy and astonished how kind they have been to me and it really means the world to me that they did this for me.”
Eastman’s Borderlands 3 gun will be a shotgun called the Compressing Trevanator – he posted shots of it here. Its descriptive text will say: “Trev is gonna get you!” and the gun itself is manufactured by Maliwan and switches between cryo and fire-type damage.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that in the run-up to Borderlands 3’s launch, Gearbox will release a final item of downloadable content for Borderlands 2 which will bridge the gap between the two games. The existence of the add-on, entitled Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary, was briefly leaked to Steam before being taken down.
But Resetera managed to reproduce its description: “Return to the award winning shooter-looter for a new adventure that sets the stage for the upcoming Borderlands 3. Sanctuary is under siege, the Vault’s map has been stolen and a toxic gas is poisoning Pandora. Fight new bosses, explore new zones, get new loot (including an entirely new tier beyond Legendary) and join up with Lilith and the Crimson Raiders to take on a deranged villain hell-bent on ruling the planet. Returning players can pursue an increased level cap of 80, while newcomers can automatically boost to level 30 and dive straight into the action.”
With Borderlands 3 due for release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13, it’s likely that Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary will drop in the very near future, presumably for consoles as well as the PC, and hopefully for free (given that Borderlands 2 is now nearly seven years old). For more information, keep an eye on Borderlands 3’s website.