First we have Versus (public and private), Story (public and private) and Operations (public and private). I was thinking we add a fourth to that. There may be a bot of overlap here with Versus private so I’m not sure how that should be handled. I’d like to see a mode that includes a bot match mode. You queue up to form a team that faces off against a team of bots. The second team will always be a full team of bots. If your team can’t find enough members within a certain duration those spots will be filled with bots. Overwatch has this kind of mode as does Heroes of the Storm, Rainbow Six: Siege and other games. It’s a nice change of pace for those who like the versus mode but don’t always like going up against human players.
I’m not sure what you would call this mode (feel free to make suggestions). Some may say you can just use the Versus Private, but this is for bot matches only with no human opponents on the other team, and it allows for you to play in a public queue with random people for those times you don’t have a full group of friends. You could change the Versus Private so that it would require at least one human opponent on each team and have this mode for pure bot matches. I would also like to see people be able to complete versus lore in this mode against the bots. I know a lot of people might think that this is a bad idea or unnecessary but I think it could really help the game out in a lot of ways. More than a lot of people realize.
The next idea is a bit different. When you look at all of the story in the game, all of the little hidden bits of lore and such, the depth of the characters and such I see a lot of potential. I see all of the cinematics that Overwatch made for their game and I look at animated series like RWBY, BBK/BRNK, and Karen Senki and I think that Gearbox could do the same, even just using the in-game graphics (or whatever they are using for their promotional materials if they are using something a bit different for them). Even if the game continues to do poorly I still think that Gearbox could recover any money lost on the project by investing in an animated series. You could look into making deals with Netflix or Crunchyroll. Mind you, I don’t see 2K getting behind this so this is probably another idea that’s dead before I’ve even finished suggesting it.
My first idea is far more likely to be realized, but even then I think the odds are slim in favor of that happening. I think both ideas are ideas that could benefit the game (former and possibly the latter) and Gearbox (both former and latter). The first idea I am hoping wouldn’t involve too much work to implement, but the second is going to involve a considerable amount of resources and may be considered too much of a gamble to risk even though I think it would be worth the risk (the people with the money may think otherwise).
I should note, neither of these ideas are new or revolutionary. Both have been suggested before in one form or another and I guess I’m just adding my +1.