So, Gearbox have announced that the next DLC will come “this year”, that it’ll be PAID content, and feature a new skill tree for each VH plus a “new mode”. (Not clear what this means, but people seem to be thinking it’s Mayhem 3.0, UVHM or some kind of big change to the way the game plays.)
I take that to mean that the next DLC won’t feature ANY story or missions. I doubt we’ll get UVHM, as that was about adding an extra playthrough with tougher enemies that scaled to you and we already have that with mayhem, I guess. Most people aren’t even interested in TVHM, let alone another playthrough with nothing new to add.
But, the point is, this will be the first paid content that Gearbox releases AFTER the season pass, meaning it’ll be the first true example of how far the game really has fallen. The sales figures will get compared to those of previous DLCs and the season pass, to see how badly gearbox have messed the game up, since launch. And, given how rushed the latest DLC felt (content was sparse), I don’t think many people are keen on the idea of handing more cash over.
Mayhem 2.0 was a disaster, players have been walking away from the game in droves. Gearbox have either not listened to feedback or taken far too long to listen, repeatedly. This game is still not in a good place, an entire year after launch. Most of the gear, especially weapons need re-scaling, the anointment system needs a massive overhaul, the skill trees need a boost and several fixes/reworks, there’s still many bugs to fix, and numerous other issues.
The DLCs felt too short, with no endgame content, like proving grounds, slaughters or even crappy raid bosses (I’m not a fan, but at least they’d be something). I STILL hope that they’ll announce that now they have time, they’ll go back and expand each DLC later on, but right now it’s not feeling like gearbox have the integrity to improve content they’ve already sold. We’ll see, I guess.
I’m missing the Villa and Heck maps, as they felt like actual mobbing maps, and there’s not much like that in the actual game, but having to wait for the right season each time really sucks. They need to release them as year-round content, like the headhunter packs or just add them to the game permanently. No word on whether they’re going to add more seasons this year, as they skipped Xmas and others in the first year, and half-arsed valentines day (probably due to having other areas of focus and dealing with covid, but still). No roadmaps, since the first one, so we won’t know until nearer the time.
Gonna be interesting.
What’s your thoughts?
- I’m gonna buy the next DLC, definitely
- I’m not spending anything else on this game
- I’ll buy the next DLC as soon as they fix the current ones/base game/both
- I’ll wait for it to come out before I decide
- Other (add to comments below)