There are only 13 recorded speedruns of this game across ALL 5 categories, any% only has one fl4k run. Not a single one of these runs took place in the last month.
Cutscenes do take up some time, but only a total of 28 minutes (including intro cutscene + planet introductions).
A streamer called Flare2V on twitch recently played a single playthrough as Zane, and set up a timer to measure exactly how much time is spent waiting for characters to finish dialogue, traveling without fighting enemies, and driving without action. This was to measure the total downtime across a single playthrough.
The end amount of wasted time per playthrough was a rough 4 hours, 4 minutes, and 12 seconds. Remove the cutscenes and that’s now a generous result of:
3 and a half hours of WAITING. NO fighting, NO action, NO gameplay.
Current speedruns have to save/quit literally hundreds of times in order to skip unnecessary dialogue and progress through the game at a standard pace.
Gearbox, please, please, please, please. Add in a dialogue skip in the form of a button. If people want to listen to your incredible story then they don’t have to skip it. Adding this would make subsequent playthroughs of the game far more enjoyable, and not just a slog of dialogue + talking to lillith over and over.
Anyone who wants a cutscene skip should also want a dialogue skip, as dialogue wastes significantly more time and is far less entertaining.