Borderlands 3 Features Cosmetic-Only Microtransactions (VIDEO)
Borderlands 3 has unveiled quite a few new details for its grand gameplay showcase, revealing special character skill trees, the game’s story length, as well as well as confirmation of instanced loot this time around. However, one of the most interesting aspects of the presentation was Gearbox’s pledge to preserve the Borderlands experience that fans expect, specifically calling out a lacking amount of microtransactions for the upcoming third entry.
Speaking with Game Informer, Creative Director Paul Sage confirmed that microtransactions will indeed have a sparse presence in Borderlands 3, they won’t be entirely absent. In-game purchases were confirmed to exist in the game, but solely limited to a cosmetic capacity. “We’re selling cosmetic items, but we’re not going to nickel and dime players,” said Sage. “DLC will come down the line, but the game won’t have anything excessive.”
This idea was echoed during the presentation itself, when Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford expressed “a commitment to what Borderlands is supposed to be,” promising to preserve the creative standard fans expect for the upcoming threequel. “We’re not doing any of that free-to-play junk. There’s not going to be any microtransactions,” Pitchford revealed towards the end of the event. “There’s not going to be any of that nonsense. If you played a Borderlands game before, we expect you to feel right at home.”
As the gaming landscape continues to permeate all kinds of profits-driven practices, Gearbox’s pledge to keep Borderlands as Borderlands-y as possibly has to come as a relief for some fans. “If you want to play offline, we’ve got you. If you want to play online, of course! All the co-op modes you expect are there,” Pitchford affirmed during the event. “We’re going to do some kick-ass campaign DLC and I’m sure we’re going to do all kinds of fun customizations, like heads and skins.”
Borderlands 3 releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 13th.
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