I have read a lot of threads with varying opinions on the story of BL3.
As I see it, the story that we got and the events that have occurred are set in stone. Rewriting the story would be asking to throw away time and money spent developing the game. In the same vein, when cuts to the content occur, it is basically the same thing. The individuals working on the cut content are basically putting aside or throwing away the content that they worked on.
That is why the thought of updating the story has been stirring up in my head.
What do you mean by updating the story ?
When we get content added to the game, it is always as a new quest line. So, why can’t we add quests to the main story ?
What I would suggest would be to start with content that has been cut due to time (which most games do have) and add them into the game as quests that should have been done at a certain point during the story. That first step might help clear up some loose ends that the current story didn’t get to.
A second step would be to identify the remaining loose ends of the story and insert quests into the story line that could tie them up.
Another important step in my eyes would be to spot the parts of the story that didn’t manage to convey the emotions or the reactions to the players that they were planned for. Of course, different people will have different reactions and emotions toward the story. What I am trying to say is that some aspects of the story need time to grow on the player to make an actual impact.
For example (WARNING - This is a spoiler! Do not uncover if you have not experienced the full story yet! THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING - You will regret it otherwise…) :
The part of the story that has been (I believe) the most controversial with the community is when Maya dies. One of the reasons it didn’t impact everyone the same way is probably because Maya didn’t have a big impact in BL3. Think about it, you meet her on Athenas, the smallest planet with only one area. When you’re done with Athenas, you have some other story missions with Rhys until you finally get the vault key for your first Vault. At that point, you finally get some more action with Maya by your side. And at the end of it, no more…
Now, if we insert a couple of quests between meeting Maya and her death, the player has the time to get to know her (especially players who are new to the Borderlands) and those quests might take the time to actually introduce us to Ava. That way, we can understand her impulsive reactions and enjoy a more fleshed out character development arc. As an added bonus, those quests could be done on Athenas, in new areas. Maybe in areas that were already partly built but had to be cut. (That is only one of the many more examples I could give.)
What do I mean by inserting a quest inside the story line ?
Say we have a quest A and a quest B part of the main story. Inserting a quest inside the story line would be like adding a new quest X that starts after quest A and finishes before quest B. That way, instead of doing quest A then B, you would do quest A then X then B. Now, the reason you would want to add quest X are listed above in the What do you mean by updating the story ? section. But simply, it would be to tie up loose ends from what you have learned from the story until the end of quest A and transition it smoothly into the quest B.
But you say that rewriting would be like throwing money away, wouldn’t updating the story be the same thing ?
Well, what changes on a video game doesn’t require money might I ask ? None. It might not cost the player base money to receive hotfixes every so often, but the companies do spend time and resources to get these hotfixes out. If Gearbox can and want to update the story free of charge, great. But, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Personally, I would have no trouble paying for updates to the main story. If you think about it, it is like having a small DLC. To attract people to these small content updates, they could make sure that one of the quests (either story quest or side quest) has a specific rare item as a reward.
All in all, I would love to have the story fine tuned. I know it isn’t the biggest aspect of this game, but I am sure that a lot of players would love it. This could also let the team behind BL3 insert things into the story they didn’t have time to make but really wanted the community to have.
Let me know what you think. Let’s get this ball rolling !