Gearbox finally released some more information about Borderlands 3 today on a livestream, and also went into some detail on Borderlands 3 microtransactions. While Gearbox confirmed that they do exist, they won’t be pay to win. What that means right now, however, remains to be seen, until we actually get the game.
Microtransactions have had a rougher road than usual over the past several years. With EA’s microtransaction fiasco attempting to implement them into Star Wars Battlefront 2, plus Bethesda’s outrageous prices with its own Fallout 76 microtransactions, people have grown to hate them more than usual.
However, Paul Sage, Borderlands 3’s creative director, said that the microtransactions aren’t going to be the nickel-and-dime sort where you’ll end up having to pay for all sorts of little things. Rather than loot boxes with the vague promise of powerful guns, the Borderlands 3 microtransactions will only be used for skins, auxiliary cosmetic equipment, and different heads.
Randy Pitchford, Gearbox’s CEO, also made a slight goof during the announcement, as he claimed that there wouldn’t be any microtransactions period. While this can easily be chalked up to him simply being too excited, or a lack of context, it’s quite in character for Pitchford himself.
Along with the microtransactions, Borderlands 3 will also be getting the usual post-release campaign DLC, though we don’t really know what’s actually happening with that yet, and what they’ll involve.
Borderlands 3 is shaping up to be the biggest game yet, taking players into different areas of Pandora, giving them even more guns than before, and even getting back into its story somewhat, such as involving Rhys, one of the protagonists from Telltale Games’s Tales from the Borderlands.
Hopefully Paul Sage will end up being right and the Borderlands 3 microtransactions aren’t going to be the nickel-and-dime sort of microtransactions. Either way, Borderlands 3 will be coming out on September 13 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.