First of all, I do want to start off by saying that I do not like Borderlands 3’s writing in terms of it compared to the other games. On its own, it perhaps could have been alright…but it felt incredibly disjointed to the other games. As we go through each game, t felt connected to the other games whereas in 3 it felt like everything that happened in the past games had no significance in 3. And that surprisingly bothered me.
So regarding Handsome Jack - my favourite character of all time. To me he is a central role in the borderlands universe and yet in 3 he was mostly absent apart from a side quest echo log kinda deal.
I know people don’t like Anthony’s Burch because of some of the posts he made…but he was a great writer. And his absence is very much felt. Jack was a creation of his and when he left, they scrapped the script he started and made what we have now. I’m wondering if this means they’ll avoid having any Jack in the future?
On top of that, a lot of details from past games were ultimately ignored. Characters changed in, my opinion here, but in a bad way. They felt more wholesome and relatable in 2. In 3 they all feel…bland?
And regarding Tales or the pre sequel - will they ever address it or is that being brushed under the carpet?
I wonder if Borderlands 3 is a hush hush reboot since it feels like they’ve retconned a lot of what’s been established before, changed characters (Vaughn is a big yikes. He was never that bad in Tales…) and have ignored a lot of questions I think we were hoping to have answered.
Feel free to let me know if there is anything in the past games that has been carried over to the new one - lore wise as Scooters death and such…well I think you can’t just undo that.
But I’m really worried that either Jack is cut out from the universe now (exception of an Easter egg here and there because people loved him) or they might try and do something with him. And honestly, I really hope they don’t touch him as they ruined a lot of my favourite characters already.
What do you guys think? I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on where the series is going! Do you think it’s a sly retcon?