Borderlands 3 might be bringing back Handsome Jack in some way, but he’s not the game’s main villain. That title belongs to a duo named the Calypso twins, who developer Gearbox says are based on “really, really annoying” streamers.
In an interview with GameSpot, the studio’s narrative managing producer, Randy Varnell, explained more about the evil pair: “We all know those streamers who are really, really annoying and think very, very highly of themselves–and we just took that to the next level. Imagine if they became malicious, evil people who suddenly wanted to take all the bandits and turned them into their own personality–[what if] they militarized their following?
“We stylized [the Calypso Twins] like Handsome Jack. At the time Handsome Jack came out, memes were just starting to get popular and Handsome Jack [embodied] that. Now, looking at the culture–how we play and consume and enjoy games together with social media and streaming–we wanted villains and topics that were a little bit more relevant to this release. So [the twins] definitely delve into that.”
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