One big thing about Borderlands 3 is that it won’t take place just on Pandora, but rather several planets. I am looking forward to this, but I am also hoping it is done well. I think at the moment, the trailer has confirmed at least 4 different planets, and I’m expecting that the final game may have something like 5 or 6 planets.
I feel a little anxious because one thing I actually love about BL1 and BL2 is how connected the levels are. BL1 it feels like a big journey in the first half of the game to progress from Fyrestone to New Haven, while in BL2 as we do more and more missions, the world just seems to expand further and further. In BL3 however, I guess what we are looking at in a way, is like a series of DLC packs. In the DLC packs, like Knoxx or Scarlett or Claptastic Voyage, they took place in a group of locations seperated from the main game’s map.
So I hope that each planet we do visit feels very substantial, hence why I feel like I’d rather have say just 6 planets rather than a dozen small planets. I don’t want to visit a planet, do everything there is in 2 hours, then leave and never come back. As much as I love the fact that it seems like perhaps every living Borderlands character will return in BL3, I do hope we see some new NPCs on each planet, and give each planet its own problems, so it doesn’t feel like a planet could of just been another biome on Pandora, like say the Maliwan planet has the residents wanting to overthrow them. Also hoping for details like each planet having their own reskin of the ammo/gun/medical machines, rather than it just revealed that Marcus and Zed are now intergalatic traders. (Unessential, but I’m also hoping the Maliwan planet has Maliwan vending machines, like the Torgue ones from the Torgue DLC.)
To me, I like how in Borderlands, it feels like a big journey, and I hope the planet jumping doesn’t hurt the flow. Pandora is meant to be where we start, so I hope that has a decent sized place, and after we leave we can maybe come back for some side quests later on in the game.
So yeah, I think having Borderlands confined to Pandora was out of the question after all the biomes introduced in BL2, so I think this is the right step, but I do hope we don’t lose anything in the process.