Which is pretty much Borderlands 1/2/TPS. PvE matters, PvP is an afterthought at best. I’m alright with this.
Interesting point you brought up above about having different gear for PvE and PvP. I guess some games do this. WildStar, for instance, has separate PvE and PvP gear sets. As I’ve never done the PvP thing in WildStar, I couldn’t tell you how well it works. (If queue times are any indication, though, their PvP is dire.) But yeah, they’ve got separate gear in there. It can be done.
But then, considering the first point, I think the second is kinda moot. Why bother with PvP-peculiar gear if PvP is limited to dueling over loot? IF there’s gonna be a serious PvP effort, then sure. But I highly doubt there will. After all, if they tried to balance weapons for PvP then it’d ruin so much of what’s fun about the 99% PvE BL games to-date. Imagine getting one-shot by a Pimpernel, or getting a Deputy Salvador up in your grill. “Oh, what’s that? Maya phaselocked you and then got wicked with the Sandhawk (with Legendary Cat COM, of course)? That had to suck.”
Here’s a primer list of gear we’d never see again if we had to be balanced for PvP:
- Unkempt Harold
- the Bee
- Grog Nozzle (to be fair, it was a gimmicky quest weapon except for that one time in the loot hunt…)
Or, if any of those did show up, they’d have been nerfed into oblivion. Consider the 88 Fragnum versus any Unkempt Harold. They took one of the most devastating guns in the game and made it virtually worthless.
So yeah, if PvP comes around as a real effort, then I fear for the PvE game’s future. To be honest, I think it’d be a huge mistake to even attempt it. For now, balance is just a matter of making each vault hunter more-or-less viable; even if one isn’t great, there’ll still be 3-second raid boss kill videos with that one. And while balancing the four or six vault hunters to each be viable for a certain playstyle (at least) is not easy, it’s something that Gearbox has already nailed down pretty well two times out of three (and IMO they did pretty well with TPS too).
Like it or not, this is a company and franchise that excels at PvE and doesn’t really have an iron in the PvP fire recently (Project 1v1 notwithstanding, though I didn’t get in on the CTT).