This is a request for Private Story Mode. Not Public Story Mode. Not PvP.
Please allow Private Story Mode games to be joined by Friends of the Lobby Leader / Host / Whatever Role you call the Player with the Star on their name.
Please allow any Player already in the game to invite any of their Friends to an in progress game.
Please allow Players who have DC’d to rejoin a Private Story Mode game in progress.
This is a social game. It would be way more social, and better, and awesome, if a friend who came online 15 minutes after you started your match could jump in, rather than either having to quit and restart, losing 15 minutes of progress, or making them wait another 10 - 30 minutes to finish the match and get another started. It would be a far better experience if when you DC’d due to network issues, power issues, PC issues, etc… if you could just jump back in, instead of waiting for your Friends to finish, or having them quit and restart, losing everyone’s progress.
These things are especially true for Players who really want to enjoy this game, but have maybe only 30 to 45 minutes in a session to play with their Friends in the first place! 15 of those 45 minutes is a third of the time you were hoping to enjoy Battleborn with your Friends, instead of losing your progress or having to wait.
As it is right now, managing time with Friends on this game can be very challenging. Over the 2 days of this weekend alone, we’ve encountered at least 10 times where a Friend either came online, was disconnected, or was already playing a game when we came online, and either one or more people had to quit and restart and lose all of their progress or had to wait, costing everyone precious time. And everyone one of these times involved a Private Story Mode game. This could have been a better experience every time, and all that’s necessary is a join / rejoin an in progress Private Story Mode game feature.
Some may ask “Why have a Private Mode at all then?” The purpose of the Private Mode would be to limit who can join a game to the Friends of the Lobby Leader, or to those who are invited by Players already in the game, rather than letting just anyone online join. This prevents PuG experiences, and keep Players who would rather not risk being “Trolled” from having to face that risk. And you may not believe it, but there are players out there who just don’t like playing with people they don’t know.
To close (TL;DR), PLEASE let Players join Private Story Mode games if they are Friends of the Lobby Leader, are invited by any Player, or were in the game and were DC’d.