The first borderlands game didn’t have much endgame content but to this day i still return to play it for one reason. Pearlescent weapons. General Knoxx’s armoury could be farmed as many times as you wanted, granted the journey was long but the incentive that drove me to get there was a chance to obtain the most overpowered gear in the game. I knew the odds of obtaining that gear was slim but every lance chest you opened could be the one that had a pearl. It’s so addictive. I even knew there was nothing to do with the gear after i had obtained it but i still to this day have this incentive to farm pearls.
Crawmerax was faster to get to, dropped pearls, but was tricky. Why farm Craw when you could go to the armoury? You could kill craw, leave the area and come back and try again and again, but also Craw could drop unique class mods that only Craw could drop. That’s an incentive to farm Craw just in itself. I still haven’t got all those class mods!!!
Borderlands 3 has what Borderlands 1 has but without the Knoxx DLC. Legendaries are easy to get (Except the one’s at the end of guardian takedown, I played that once and never played it again and never will) just like borderlands 1 but there are no Pearls. No super rare mega weapons and class mods that are hard to get. No incentivising farm!
Imagine how connected a community of looters could become when you introduce a new boss (not stuck behind a raid) that had a slim chance of dropping mega rare pearls and maybe a new tear of class mod rarity. I could imagine the different borderlands clubs on xbox (and the PC and PS4 equivalents) would become so lively with people trying to obtain this gear, like the golden tickets in Charlie in the chocolate factory (bit of a cringe reference but you get it…)
Imagine an armoury that you could run with your friends that dropped, not only the best legendary gear but also pearls. You could even try to get better versions of the legendaries that you have.
It would be Hype!!!
I’m a super deluxe owner of the game and the stories Gearbox has released for the DLCs are great, but i’ve played through them once, and that’s enough.
To make this game survive as long as Borderlands 1 has; add pearlescents.
Gearbox, you’ve done it before just do it again.
IF Gearbox should add pearls, give each weapon and shield etc… a unique anointment or the ability to use eridium and money apply or change the anoint on the gear to whatever the player wants.
IF you don’t add any of this to your game… “GAME OVER MAN, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NOW MAN?”