It’s really easily to see some connections there are between the two games, especially pre-sequel and BB-- the shield thrower and Galilea are very similar. I just finished presequel… sad, I know I’m slow… and while it was AWESOME, I actually found myself wishing certain things from Battleborn were in it!
1)Full blown Melee characters. Melee was very much a viable build option for certain characters in bl2 and presequel, but it was never as eloquent as the animation of Battleborn. The diverse repertoire of Melee moves like Rath, or Deande, or Phoebe, or Galilea would be awesome additions… of course fully melee characters would likely also mean melee loot, which some may say is heresy, but many fans were excited to ask about when Zero was first announced for BL2.
Art style. I far prefer Battleborn over the typical BL art style, but I’m not holding my breath… It’s probably too fundamental for long time fans to cope with losing.
gunplay-- Battleborn feels much more BEEFY than Borderlands. Forbes’ gaming department put out an article about this actually, saying that Destiny needed to learn a lot about loot from Borderlands, but that Borderlands needed to take a note from Bungie on the overall “feel” of using weaponry. I happen to think Battleborn is a step in the right direction, and I hope the gunplay of BL3 feels more similar to Battleborn than previous BL entries.
4)Bows… I just think it would be so cool. I basically wish I could play as Thorn in a complete RPG experience. There’s really no reason there can’t be a gun type that looks like a bow, right??
5)BB mission design should inform BL3 map structure, mission assist elements, and HUD. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself “where the CRAP am I supposed to gooooo?!” While playing borderlands. It feels like there are a million nooks and crannies to get stuck on… and it feels like the mission objective has many times been something that seems next to impossible to notice, or requires a jump that feels more like glitching yourself into the right position. I’ve never felt that way in Battleborn. The HUD feels so much cleaner and easier to follow and the maps feel much less confusing in their layout.
Things I just want to see in BL3
*more customization in character appearances. I’m not saying make armor slots, but the ability to add “trinkets” to your costume would be cool. A bullymong skull as a shoulder pad, or a claptrap keychain hanging off your waist… just another level of cool customization that’s not just a color swap.
*please do NOT remove local co-op! It sets GBX games so much higher than the rest… what a horrible disappointment it would be to lose that.
*please, no in-game store for cosmetics… AAA RPGs should include the visual customizations…
*A flying co-op vehicle… oooo or the ability to ride a creature of some kind… like a skag or whatever.