I played a lot of Battleborn actually from release onwards. When the final update was released that seemed mainly to sell me more skins at exorbitant prices, I uninstalled the game and haven’t thought about it much since. I feel MTX (including cosmetics) actively harmed that game, though I won’t go far as to say it “killed” the game as no one factor did that. I had a number of other issues with the game, but this is not the thread for that.
Many many posts ago in this thread, I said that the absolute best we can hope for in BL3 is similar monetization to BL2 and I stand by that, despite not liking aspects of BL2’s monetization (that I’ve already gone over and so won’t again). EA straight up owns the majority of the gaming companies that produce games for it (including BioWare) whereas Take 2 does not own GBX as far as I can tell. I do hypothesize that Take 2 has an equity stake in the Borderlands IP, but that’s just a guess on my part based partly on the fact GBX now publishes titles, but hasn’t released a remastered BL1 despite the fact that would seem to sell far better than We Happy Few or Bulletstorm. A quick round of googling provides little to no evidence for or against my guess. It does say the license for the Borderlands IP for Tales from the Borderlands was provided by GBX AND Take 2, but that’s not enough evidence to back my guess.
I know there are rumors that a BL1 remaster is coming, but I’m guessing it will be through Take 2, though I hope not. As I said above, I think these MTX practices are harming games and I really hope Take 2 doesn’t force enough into BL3 to lower the quality and amount of content in it.