Long time Borderlands player here. I’ve played since day 1 of BL on almost every platform the games were/are available on. Ordered the BL3 Collector’s Edition twice and consider myself a true Borderlands fan. It’s the only game my wife and I play and the only series we’ve played over the last 10 years. We are truly into it!
When I think about what Borderlands 1 was and how they developed it into with BL2 and further evolved it in TPS and can only assume Gearbox themselves have lost track somehow.
Look, BL1 was this crazy new kind of game that just seemed to be a shooter but was a full blown RPG with piles of loot mixed in. And the humor …!
Then they upped it with Borderlands 2 and made it even more shoot-y and more loot-y and people where happy (not at launch,mind you) with what Gbx did to their games series.
But what Gearbox missed: People play other games and people notice mechanisms in other games that work better (looking at Diablo 3 loot system that also evolved quite a bit).
And when us crazy fans were joypuking at the sight of Borderlands 3 being announced we were expecting that they kept the humor, improved the gameplay but borrowed from other games what was needed to make the next step! E.g. elaborated loot systems that respects the players time and effort while still being the chaotic game - gameplay-wise!
It feels to me that they wanted to keep BL3 chaotic on every level and have this feeling of chaos attached to all things that happen in game, including loot." Throw away your legendaries because here’s a new one even shinier than the one before!" But that’s not how it really works when you play the game. Sure, casuals that never finish the campaign on even on character will be satisfied by that. But it is beyond me why GBX does not see why players are leaving and the ones not leaving are the ones that complain in hopes for a better future!
Gearbox, I love love love your games - inspite what you did (or did not) do to what could’ve been a true evolution of the core of Borderlands. Instead, you half-heartedly went ahead - a mile ahead on gear and a mile ahead on gameplay while not moving at all on the loot system and unfortunatly going even backwards on the performance.
Please, take a look at other games and what keeps players playing them.
Please, read what we vocalize in here.
Please, play the game yourself and see for yourselves.
I don’t think it’s too late. TPS was left way earlier even though it evolved into a great game. But you need to take over a player’s view and feel the pain that we express so vividly!