Following Gearbox Software’s teaser regarding Borderlands 3 at PAX East this year, it’s impossible not to get excited thinking about features in the future Borderlands game (ideally in the style of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, not Tales from the Borderlands – despite its brilliance).
“It’s no secret, obviously there’s going to be another Borderlands. We don’t even know if we’re going to call it that. We could call it Borderlands 4 for all we know” – Randy Pitchford
1. Tiny Tina
Tiny Tina provides the perfect balance of irony, sarcasm, sweetness, and humor. Her dialogue throughout Borderlands 2 was constantly entertaining, and she was immediately my favorite character in the series. Also, her DLC, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, was one of the most intriguing and unique DLCs that Borderlands has ever released. I wouldn’t be upset if Tiny Tina was a playable or main protagonist in the next Borderlands game.
The combat in Borderlands/Borderlands 2 is beyond thrilling. The diversity of classes (as is expected based on the previous two games) sets up the perfect opportunity to implement a PVP system for the next game. Whether it be a Team Deathmatch, King of the Kill, or other objective-based game mode, it would be amazing to fight against other players in Borderlands.
That being said, client-side mods that, although fun, can break balanced combat (infinite ammo, increased fire rate, and other extremely game-breaking mods) and the ability to easily duplicate items would need to be regulated. Alternatively, if there was an item/weaponless combat arena where players would play without any of their own client-side mods, it would provide a balanced arena for PVP.
3. Flying Mounts
The cars in Borderlands 2 were fun, but it would be amazing to fly through the sky as a Rakk or flying Butt Stallion. This requires reworking maps completely to be able to access areas via flying, but it would add a whole new dimension to Pandora (or whatever planet we may be on!).
Please, please, don’t take away the crazy psychotic murderers that we love to kill in mass quantities throughout the game. Their voice lines are hilarious.
The fantasy theme in the previously mentioned Tiny Tina DLC worked out well despite its usual post-apocalyptic universe, and it would be amazing to see more similar theme in the next game.
6. Rerolling stats in gear
Borderlands is already known as a “first person Diablo” to many gamers — adding the ability to reroll stats in gear would give players the ability to customize their builds and focus on particular stats. This could be extremely useful, especially if the next game wanted to push for PVP/competitive play.
7. More Raids
The raids in Borderlands 2 and its DLC were amazing. Keep them coming!
8. More Player Customization
The customization in Borderlands 2 was decent at best, but it only went so far. Being able to customize more appearance options such as body and face shape, hair color, etc at the beginning of game would be ideal. Most games allow this sort of customization, which lets players identify with their characters more and really express themselves.
9. The Origin of Sirens
Throughout the series, Sirens are referred to constantly as well as main characters. However, there’s little explained about the origin of Sirens and how they come about to existence. All we really know is that there can supposedly only be six in the universe at any given time. How are they chosen? What does it mean to be one? Tell us more!
Images are copyright Borderlands 2/Gearbox Software. All information/rumors/speculations are not affiliated with the developer in any way, and were pulled from multiple articles from those attending the Gearbox Panel at PAX East.