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.
That's a legacy being cemented. I don't give a shit what you think about Gearbox Software...you cannot deny the passion and the proof that they listen and watch the community. Trevor got to name a gun and give it it's red text. Fucking awesome. Amazing. #Borderlands3 pic.twitter.com/UmxJhZvN8m— SupMatto (@SupMatto) June 3, 2019
“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.