Borderlands 3 Has Instanced Loot, Level Scaling For Co-Op

Borderlands 3 Has Instanced Loot, Level Scaling For Co-Op

One of the best aspects about the looter-shooter genre is the sheer oodles of abilities and weapons at a player’s disposal, the Borderlands series notably touting upwards of 1 billion gun variations in store for Borderlands 3. However, this bevy of available guns often comes comes with an air of competition when playing in co-op modes, the occasional over-eager partner quickly swiping up all the best weapons for themself.

Fortunately, Borderlands 3 is attempting to solve this problem by featuring an instanced loot system, giving each player in co-op a separate version of any given in-game drop. This feature would be nifty all by itself, but this system also keeps in mind parties with varying levels, with loot scaling to match the tier of each unique team member. This new system effectively eliminates “loot ninjas” as well as useless gun drops from the game, whether they be too puny or too high of a level for a teammate to properly use.


While this would undoubtedly suit the needs of many fans hoping to keep internal squabbling to a minimum, it’s understandable that some franchise purists would want to keep things the same as they’ve always been. Well, no sweat, as Gearbox has confirmed that these loot-instancing features are completely optional, with players only needing to enable “Classic Mode” from the game’s menu.

With such available options, Borderlands 3 is looking to be a game for fans of Pandora both new and old. Gearbox previously spoke about the inclusion of loot instancing earlier last month with PlayStation Blog, Art Director Scott Kester confirming a number of welcome changes will be on the way to co-op, including a more “discrete loot stream.”

One of the things that I’m most excited about in Borderlands 3 are the improvements that we’ve made to co-op. Regardless of your respective levels or mission progress, you and your friends can play together online or on the couch, and not only will each of you deal a meaningful amount of damage, you’ll also receive your own discrete loot stream. No more loot ninjas! Of course, if you prefer to play with classic Borderlands 2 co-op rules—where loot is shared—you can choose to do so.”

Borderlands 3 releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 13th.

What do you think? Are you glad to have instanced loot on the way to Borderlands 3, or are you just going to keep with the old system instead? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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