Trevor Eastman hasn't been dealt a kind hand. The 26-year-old Borderlands fan was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the esophagus, stomach, and liver. Unsure whether he would live to see the release of his most-anticipated game, Borderlands 3, he asked the community if there was any way he'd be able to play the game early. As noticed by Polygon, Gearbox heard the request, and not only did they deliver goodies and a pre-release demo so that he could spend four hours with the game, they also honoured him by naming a weapon after the fan.
Eastman was allowed to name the Compressing Trevonator and provide its red text, which is "Trev is gunna get you!". The Legendary shotgun is made by Maliwan, and its damage can switch between cryo- and fire-type. Eastman had a message for the community once the situation had sunk in:
Hey everybody! So I know a lot of you have followed me and my story with my cancer and how Gearbox actually made my dream come true of being able to play some of the game early...but recently an amazing person from Gearbox actually allowed me to name a gun and the red text under it! I am seriously so happy and astonished how kind they have been to me and it really means the world to me that they did this for me. I wish I could pay them back for everything they've done...and all of you as well for making this dream come true. Thank you again and let me present to you a special gun that's going to be in Borderlands 3!
This isn't the first time Gearbox has done something like this to honour their fans. Michael John Mamaril was a 22-year-old Borderlands fan who passed away in 2011. The developer not only created a eulogy from Claptrap, they immortalised him as an NPC in Borderlands 2.
The Compressing Trevonator will be available for all players to find when the game is released on September 13th.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Borderlands 3 achievements.