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Unique Borderlands 3 weapon dedicated to terminal cancer patient

Gearbox Software’s touching tribute to a superfan

Zane aims his gun on the planet Meridian in a screenshot from Borderlands 3 Gearbox Software/2K Games
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The team making Borderlands 3 the next game in the much-loved first-person shooter franchise — took time out of its busy schedule to honor a very special fan.

Trevor Eastman is a 26-year-old Borderlands fan recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the esophagus, stomach, and liver. According to his doctors, he only has a year to live. He took to Reddit one month ago to ask the community to help him reach the developers with a special request.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Borderlands for a long time now,” Eastman wrote, “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.”

The team at Gearbox got the message, and invited him up to the studio for some time with a special preview build. Eastman got to experience four hours of the game and was able to name a unique item in the game.

The weapon, called the Compressing Trevanator, is a unique shotgun manufactured by Maliwan that switches between cryo- and fire-type damage. It also contains a bit of descriptive text, stating in red letters: “Trev is gonna get you!” The weapon will be available in-game when it launches on Sept. 13.

Borderlands 3 will launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. On PC it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive until April 2020.

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