After a bit of a delay due to power outages in Texas, Borderland 3’s Director’s Cut DLC arrives later this afternoon, and it’s the second half of the game’s “sophomore” season pass, which included the Designer’s Cut and its Arms Race mode in November 2020.
Now that’s the other half of what players paid, and it seems possible that he could be the last true paid DLC for Borderlands 3, with nothing else announced.
The Director’s Cut DLC includes the following:
- Hemovorous the Invincible, a new raid boss that’s supposed to be more in the style of the old Borderlands games.
- Story missions led by Ava, where she has a murder podcast trying to solve a mystery about a bunch of different planets.
- A new “Vault Card” system that functions somewhat like a Season Pass where players can earn loot and cosmetics by completing rotating challenges.
- New VOC-based skins for all four Vault Hunters.
To me, it feels more substantial than the Designer’s Cut, given that I wasn’t crazy about the arms race as a mode, and I don’t think it ever significantly increased the way it had the potential. But some new story missions and a new raid boss seem like something to be done, although I haven’t played for many months now, so I’m not sure what the state of my builds is. The Vault Card system seems like a good idea, but it’s yet another sort of ‘daily / weekly to-do list’ that I just don’t have time between games I already do this for, like Destiny. and Genshin Impact.
Borderlands 3 has said all along that it’s not a ‘games as a service’ game, but I mean, it’s kind of, between its DLC, the events, and now even a quasi-pass. battle. However, he never had any real microtransactions, which is a promise he kept. All of the cosmetics here are part of the bigger “macrotransaction” that includes all of the other content in the game. That’s cool with me.
What’s unclear is what happens from here on out with Borderlands 3. It’s supposed to be a DLC to guide players through Year Two, which ends this fall, and It’s unclear if Gearbox will continue to dedicate resources to another paid DLC cycle for Borderlands 3. This year has brought less content than last year, and another year would bring… what, exactly?
The theory, not yet confirmed by Gearbox, is that they are already working on a next-gen Borderlands 4, not taking a long gap between games this time around like they did between Borderlands 2 and 3, it is. so possible that this is the priority now. . I expect Borderlands 3 to continue to have events and the like and be as live-action as it gets, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Director’s Cut is the last big paid DLC in the game. But who knows. It looks like The Division 2 has finished creating content after two years, and it just announced that more are coming (albeit free content).
I’m not sure when I’ll have time to get to today’s content drop between being buried in the Outriders leveling and the Diablo 2 alpha. But given that this is the main DLC for at least the next six months of the game, if not indefinitely, there doesn’t seem to be any rush.
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