You might remember Borderlands’ box art being this fairly stylish image at the time of a Psycho, the game’s masked generic enemies, pointing finger guns at his head and blowing art out the other side. Borderlands 2 followed up the only way that was really logical, with two finger guns and two art blowouts from the head. As rumors of Borderlands 3 rose, fans started joking about the impossibility of continuing the tradition with a third game and thus a third arm. Sure enough, when Borderlands 3’s box art was revealed, it was a Psycho in a meditative pose holding up three fingers instead.
It turns out, however, that Gearbox did try that initial box art idea before eventually deciding they would rather go with the zen Psycho instead.
“Trust me, we figured it out,” Borderlands 3 art director Scott Kester said in an interview with Game Informer. “I’m trying to get it as an alternate cover, maybe we can throw one in as the Naked Gun kind. We’ve done a lot. But honestly, we thought this game needed to shift gears a little bit, so we thought [the Borderlands 3 art] was the way to do that.”
I know I’m not alone in saying I want to see the three-handed Psycho as an alternate box art, if only just to have all the covers match. Even Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel kept the series tradition, so it only makes sense that Borderlands 3 should have it as a very dumb but meaningful option.
For our preview of Borderlands 3 from the game’s reveal event, you can go right here.