What we want to see in Borderlands 3

Borderlands has always been an over the top series ever since its inception. So much so that someone could say, "Man, I wish this game had guns that could talk or guns with legs," and would you look at that, they do! But that's small fry compared to what we want to see in Borderlands 3. Gearbox hasn't detailed just how exactly it will improve upon the looter shooter formula, but we have a few ideas as to what can make the experience even better for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Here are five features we'd love to see in Borderlands 3. (And two we don't.)

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Troy and Tyreen Calypso (Image credit: Gearbox Software)

More character customization options

Before anyone misunderstands, I don't mean that Borderlands needs a character creator or anything of the sort. That stuff can stick to proper RPGs. What I'd like to see is the current customization options expanded upon, and possibly even add armor into the mix. Right now your customization options are purely cosmetic with different character heads and skins. It'd be nice to have some variety that can affect the gameplay in some way while still making your character look badass. That's where armor can come in as an entirely new loot pool.

Cross-play

Borderlands 3 would be the perfect title to implement cross-play in. While the first game has a small PvP arena meant for competitive multiplayer, the series is by and large a co-op experience unless you prefer to go solo. We don't know if PvP will be making a return in some form, but it's safe to say Borderlands 3 will have cooperative gameplay, and it would be amazing if we could play with our friends on other systems. Sony historically hasn't been too keen on cross-play with Xbox One, but Microsoft is more than willing to open up cross-play capabilities. At the very least, Xbox One/PC cross-play would be nice to see.

Ability to visit other planets

This one seems to be the most likely addition we'll see added as the Borderlands 3 trailer notes that players will "explore the worlds." In previous games, we were generally stuck on Pandora (or Pandora's moon Elpis in The Pre-Sequel), and we know for a fact that vaults are on other planets across the galaxy in the Borderlands universe. This would let Gearbox really stretch their legs and come up with varied locations, characters, and cultures. Maybe we could even visit the planet of Promethea where the Atlas Corporation first found Eridian technology.

Photo mode

With Borderlands' signature art style how could we not want a built-in photo mode? It's the perfect game for one. A lot of games with photo modes today tend to be hyper-realistic, or at least aim for graphics as real as possible. The Division 2, Assassin's Creed, God of War, Spider-Man. The list goes on. It'd be pretty cool to add Borderlands 3 to that list, especially given the possibilities with its chaotic gameplay.

Modifiable weapons and crafting

Gearbox boasted that Borderlands 3 would have "1 billion guns," a drastically increased number from the over 17 million in Borderlands 2. These numbers are certainly inflated with various stat variations, but you can't argue that the series still has a hell of a lot of guns. Unfortunately, as it is you can't modify them or craft them in any way. Whatever the boss drops is what you get, and is what you'll stick with until you find a better one. I'd like to see Borderlands 3 give us the opportunity to find upgradable parts for our weapons and swap out pieces like scopes and magazines, or even change the elemental damage effect.

And no, the Grinder in The Pre-Sequel does not count as true gun crafting.

Honorable mention

Spoilers for those who haven't played Tales from the Borderlands: Bring back Scooter somehow.

And what we don't want to see in Borderlands 3?

No battle royale

Does this even need to be said? Please, no battle royale. I get it. It's a popular genre. Gearbox could always add in a battle royale mode without making it the focus of the game. The success of Apex Legends makes it even more feasible for a game like Borderlands to add battle royale with its unique characters and abilities. But that's not what Borderlands is, and that's not what we want to see.

No loot boxes or microtransactions

Another thing we don't want? Loot boxes and microtransactions. Borderlands currently has something within the same vein as a loot box called the Golden Chest, which can be opened using Golden Keys acquired through SHiFT Codes and rewards random rare items, but it's not really the same as a traditional loot box as you don't need to spend real money to unlock one and it isn't anti-consumer like most. SHiFT Codes are given out free to those with a Gearbox SHiFT account, and the company frequently posts codes online for users to grab up.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.

4 Comments
  • Agreed on all of these, and a double agree on the gun crafting. I love the "grind" of beating a boss and hoping for a drop - that's already enough of a challenge. But it looks like there will be more accessories possible, which means more possibilities for things you don't want, which means.... Slim odds for that thing you actually want. Part of the game's appeal is finding whatever it throws at you and making it work, but after awhile, we kinda know what we're after, and it would be nice to have some options that don't involve 3 days of farming.
  • hopefully this game has a battle royale as an option. i love battle royales. it doesn’t have to be the main focus but it would still be cool to have it. it’s not like anyone has to play this extra mode
  • I disagree on 2 points, PvP and crafting. The signature traits of Borderlands itself is guns, guns, guns, and Co-op game play. It is what drew so many to this game in the first place. I think your selection of gun drops would be drastically reduce to a small handful if they allowed crafting. Adding PvP and crafting would take away what Borderlands is all about. However, I would like see them make Borderlands a 2-6 or 2-8 co-op game. There are a lot of Borderlands characters you could play. Also, I'd like to see a lot more side quests, missions, and be more open world than linear.
  • I did like how you could choose to have a quick battle with your co op partner to break up the standard PVE stuff. See who is the better vault hunter.