Borderlands 3's Scrapped Cover Art Has Been Revealed

vestan

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So at San Diego Comic Con, Gearbox opened up a small little Museum of Mayhem where they showcased scrapped ideas for key art/cover art. Below is their take on the "finger guns" cover convention that most hoped to see for Borderlands 3's cover.



Here's some other concept keyart that didn't make the cut. There's 15 of these, gonna try and see if I can get images of all of them.

























Here's the actual final cover art we got in the end, I think it looks way better than all of the scrapped ones though that BORD3RLANDS one is kinda dope, hope it's a steelbook cover or something.

 
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bluexy

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I think the new roses cover is decent, but this is the real cover.
 

iFirez

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Weirdly they used the old Bandit model for this too, that’s not the new mask design and such in BL3; it’s the older one from BL2 and Pre-Sequel. I still think the foot thing is damn funny though, but more than okay with the cover art we we up getting.
 

Z-Beat

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Weirdly they used the old Bandit model for this too, that’s not the new mask design and such in BL3; it’s the older one from BL3 and Pre-Sequel. I still think the foot thing is damn funny though, but more than okay with the cover art we we up getting.
Yeah, I can't be mad at what they chose, but the foot one would've been great as well.
 

Roygbiv95

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I'm down with any of those. I love how the scrapped BL3 covers are more thoughtful than most AAA game final cover art.
 

GameShrink

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I like the final cover better than any of these, but the foot one is great.

I guess they didn't want to lock themselves into that pattern, since Borderlands 5 would've ended up with an NSFW cover.
 

JDFaulky

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The foot one is funny. The rest of them are kinda dumb. I think they made the right choice with the current one.
 

eXistor

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The foot one is fun, the rest sucks. I don't really like the final cover either; it's way too busy, the roses didn't need faces.
 
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Added more scrapped covers to the OP, seems it took Gearbox a long time to land on the one we got in the end.
 

Van Bur3n

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The foot one wouldn't be too bad if they didn't reuse some of the same art from the BL2 cover, though I assume that could have been a mere placeholder for concept. They ultimately chose well for their final one.
 

Thorn

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Whoever they have designing these needs to be on other games.

They're all fantastic.
 

Damn Silly

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The top one's great, but I can't blame them for thinking a bare foot is perhaps not the best way to appeal to those that may not previously know about the series (well, except to certain people).

And I agree, the "shadow" one would've made a great steelbook edition.
 

Omnipotent

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I hope they release these for sale later because so many of these are great
 

MouldyK

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Why does one of the Final Cover Roses on the right have "Sirens".

It looks placeholder because all the other blank ones got nothing on.
 
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vestan

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Why does one of the Final Cover Roses on the right have "Sirens".

It looks placeholder because all the other blank ones got nothing on.
Oh, lol. All the hidden text and stuff on that image I posted was for a small ARG Gearbox and 2K had going on, just ignore it, it won't be there on the actual thing.
 

jonathanp

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The foot one is great and I would been fine with that one, but the final cover is amazing so I'm glad they went with that.

As for the others:

The nursing one is interesting I suppose, but it's the one I like the least. I like the three finger gun covers since they fit with the first two games' covers. The cover which I assume is a bandit getting shot in the back of their head is ok.
 
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Was just there yesterday, never thought of posting those here.

Definitely had a lot of potential covers, especially that foot one.