Me and a couple of people, both friends and randos, were at the local game shop this past Friday night and all discussing Borderlands 3 and we all collectively thought the idea would be awesome, and some who were just getting into Borderlands even hoped into the idea with ease. I mean, BL3 pretty much sets up the concept pretty easily and the transition would be pretty great. Like I said, it would be a spinoff. It would be 4, or affect the overall main world. Probably wouldnt even be canon. Heres some of the stuff I can remember us spitballing around last night and why:
Gunsmithing: One of the main reason we got the idea. The fact that you can now see all the individual parts of the guns, and the stats they affect pretty much set this idea up. And that maybe Gearbox added this as part of some transparency, but all to set up something bigger in the future. Borderlands is all about its guns, and for every game in the franchise, even the mobile title Legends on iOS, we’ve been on Pandora and its set up how harsh of a wasteland it is. Not only that but everyone is a gun manufacturer. From the Bandits in BL1 to the COV to BL3. So pretty much everyone is adept at forming their own guns to some extent. Imagine being able to dismantle and craft your own guns from scraps and guns you find out in the wastes. One thing you would have to keep in mind is the manufacturer compatibility. So you couldnt just throw a Torgue barrel on a Jakobs chamber lol. But basically, after taking down a bandit, and looting their gun you would be able to break down/dismantle it and take those parts and add them to your own gun, or alter them. I love looking at all the gun stats in BL3 and how certain parts effect what in your gun. And being able to customize that seems like the next step after introducing this feature.
Creatures of the Waste: Bordelands has a good variety of creatures, and with the addition of being able to travel to other planets it added a ton more variety. Its probably the closest Im actually going to get to playing a GOOD game where I can pseudo-hunt dinosaurs when exploring Eden-6 lol. And we know how much bandits praise meat and how much the citizens of Pandora scavenge for their food. So being able to hunt the creatures of Pandora like Skags, and other creatures, for their meat, and maybe other supplies would be kind of assume. Their danger factor would also probably be ramped up because this is a survival title. So itd be less guns blazing of the typical Borderlands title, and more tactical. But being able to hunt the various creatures, with some added depth of actually NEEDING them because you have to feed your character, or maybe they have other natural resources on them that you need would be another great addition and truly let you experience what its like on life on Pandora (or any other planet because I really want to hunt those dinos on Eden-6)
Skills: All Borderlands titles have had skill trees to some degree. Every playable character has had both a branch tree, and a Guardian Rank or Badass Rank. This wouldnt be necessary for a survival game, but there are some that have done it before, and it could possible add to the depth of your character. You could be someone who stumbled upon the wastes, or a bandit gone rogue and is looking to live a better life for yourself so you leave your group and set foot to become your own lone soldier, like most stories of the Vault Hunters. And unlike the Vault Hunters, you would start from scratch not only from the building up of your skills, but from everything, to your guns, and class, etc.
This is just a handful of the stuff I remember us discussing last night, but it got me really excited and hopeful. Although I know if this was something Gearbox was interested in and had in the pipelines it wouldnt come out for a WHILE. After all BL3 is still fresh, with at least 4 DLCs and a couple events on the way. Still, Im holding out hope lol.
Maybe itd also be a roguelike, to add extra replayability, and give some real tension to that survival feel while exploring the waste. No Hyperion New-U systems in sight (and since they said they werent actually real or canon anyway and just a boon for the game so it wouldnt be too out of left field). 1 Life=1 Chance. Lol.