Often, I’ve heard people say after a fresh new wave of nerfs tell me that “it’s to protect the game’s longevity!”. Well, this simply is not true, whether or not it’s the devs intentions or not. If anything, the constant rebalancing of skills and gear with constant weekly hotfixes are hurting it.
Borderlands 3 has been one of the fastest and biggest selling game of 2019, but that being said, when compared to how of those people are still playing it, no body is. The community of BL3 has practically vanished, for a few reasons, as I’ve asked the community why they have stopped playing. There are people who bought the game, saw how badly optimized it was and how terrible the story was (their opinion), and just set it down. Then there were the people that ejected themselves after the nerfs to weapons and skills in what was basically the infancy of the game’s life cycle. Fl4k being BL3’s most popular character, and yes, even according to online polls, was hit with a MASSIVE nerf with the very first hotfix the game saw, and then AGAIN with the very next hotfix. Then with the third hotfix that gave Fl4k a semi-unnerfing, the entire community experienced yet another fresh wave of nerfs to all of the gear everyone was using, some of them weapon breaking. Like it or not, agree with the nerfs or not, this made people quit the game.
Then there are those people like me, those who have stuck through all of the nerfs and the constant rebalancing, the constant performance issues that are still going on unfixed, and have been hoping for something better from what is supposed to be a AAA title. The people who have just nothing to do but farm for things to be able to farm for things faster.
There is a severe lack of end-game content.
At this point in BL2’s lifespan, we had a base game that already had one stand-alone raid boss in it, a DLC that is largely considered one of the best with not only one, but TWO raid bosses in it, an add-on DLC character in Gaige, and Hammerlock’s DLC was already being annoinced. At this point, BL3 is not set to get another fresh wave of DLC content at least another few months. And in terms of end-game content, BL3’s first DLC was a huge let down, because once end-gamers like me farmed what we wanted (only for it to get ‘rebalanced’ yet again), we were met with the same problem we had before, nothing to do.
Maliwan takedown, having a raidboss, is just tedious. And once you can solo it on the hardest difficulty, which I have, the drop rates don’t make it worth it beyond bragging rights.
All this being established, Gearbox needs to get more of a grip on what the community is saying and what we want out of the game, because right now, those who have purchased the super-delux edition feel cheated. There are persistant bugs that are STILL present in the base game that have gone on unnoticed despite weekly hotfixes while bugs that no one experience and those who have, weren’t bothered by them. Weapon rebalancing, either nerfs to gear however small, or constant buffs to useless weapons like that of the Carrier, are not helping to keep people playing while performance issues, such as crashes on console and hard restarts, including framerate drop on very high end PCs, are.
Yes, we all understand that you have different teams working on different aspects of the game and that hotfixes are just as simple as readjusting the values, as opposed to going into the game’s code, rewriting it from the ground up at times, and then send it out in a patch. But weekly hotfixes that do nothing but frustrate an already frustrated player base give a lot of the few players that are left the feeling that you either don’t know about these performance issues or simply don’t care.
So, Gearbox, if you want to help with the longevity of the game and the game’s community, give us more end-game content, stop treating story bosses as if they’re supposed to be end-game content, stop thinking that farming things to be able to farm for things faster is enough to keep people playing for another several months for a DLC that will not have any more end-game content in it, try to get more in touch with your own player base, and give us at least some semblance that you’re working on making this game run like it’s a AAA title.
Thank you, a former loyal BL3 player.