After a slight delay due to a power outage in Texas, Borderland 3 Director’s DLC arrives later in the afternoon, and is the second half of the season pass for “year two” for the game, which included Designer’s Cut and Arms Race mode back in November 2020.
This is the other half of what the players paid and it seems possible could be the last paid real DLC Borderlands 3, with nothing else announced.
The director’s DLC includes the following:
- Hemovorous the Invincible, the new head of attack should have been more in the style of the past Borderlands games.
- A mission story led by Ava, where she has a podcast for murders trying to solve a mystery on a bunch of different planets.
- A new “Vault Card” system that acts like a season pass in which players can earn loot and cosmetics by completing rotational challenges.
- New COV-based leather for all four Treasure Hunters.
To me, this seems more essential than Designer’s Cut, considering that I was not enthusiastic about Arms Race as a way of working, and I think that it never significantly expanded in the way that it had potential. But new story missions and a new raid boss sound like something I should be back for, even though I haven’t played for many months, so I’m not sure what condition my stuff is in. The Vault Card system sounds like a good idea, but it’s another kind of “daily / weekly to-do list” that I just don’t have time between games where I’m already doing it, like Destiny and Genshin Impact.
Borderlands 3 said from the start that it wasn’t a “game as a service” game, but I mean, it’s kind of between its DLC, events and now even quasi-essential passes. However, he never had true microtransactions, which he kept his promise. All the cosmetics here are part of a larger “macrotransaction” that includes all the other content of the game. That’s okay with me.
What’s not clear is what’s going on from here with Borderlands 3. This should be a DLC to break players through the rest of the second year, which will end this fall, and it’s unknown whether Gearbox will continue to dedicate resources to the second cycle of paid DLC for Borderlands 3. This year brought less content than last, and another year would bring … what, actually?
The theory, not yet confirmed by Gearbox, is that they are already working on the next generation of Borderlands 4, not taking this gap between games for as long as they did between Borderlands 2 and 3, so it’s possible that’s a priority now. I expect Borderlands 3 to still have events and similar events and provide live service as much as it can be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Director’s Cut is the last part of a big paid DLC for the game. But who knows. The Division 2 seems to be done with creating content after two years, and has just announced that more is coming (albeit free content).
I don’t know when I’ll have time to get to today’s drop in content between burying in leveling Outriders and 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 seems to be no rush.
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