The Borderlands games have always been great co-op experiences, provided you were paired up with considerate partners. In past Borderlands games, any loot dropped was first come, first serve, meaning you had to hash out who got to grab that kickass new gun or gear. Sometimes that was fun in its own way, but it could be very irritating when you were paired up with some glory hog jerk who just nabbed everything for themselves.
Well, that won’t be a problem anymore, as all players will have their own loot streams in Borderlands 3. Here’s what Gearbox art director Scott Kester had to say about the change...
“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!”
Don’t worry, if you really love squabbling over loot, you can still switch on classic Borderlands co-op rules. Speaking of loot, Kester also detailed some of the features you can expect from Borderlands 3’s new weapons.
“You’ll recognize most of the weapons manufacturers, but I think you might be surprised by some of their latest innovations. Atlas now offers guns that fire tracker tags and Smart Bullets, DAHL weapons feature alternate fire modes, and the Maliwan range now incorporates firearms that can toggle between two elements and deal guaranteed elemental damage. Looking for something a little crazier? Okay, how about rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes, or guns that grow legs and then chase down enemies while verbally abusing them? We’ve got those too.”
Borderlands 3 hits PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 13.