Here’s my not very in-depth or hardly thought of opinions on a BB2, I haven’t even though of BB2 before this so I’m writing this as it comes to mind.
Sequel preferably. Brand new characters and maps, new modes also, though incursion and meltdown could be kept in some sense. Maybe they could be able to bring to life characters that were scrapped for technical reasons from the first game. Though seeing an enormous cast with the original BB polished and another set of brand new BB would be pretty amazing, that would require a huge amount of resources to do well.
More or less PvE really depends on what kind of a game GBX wants it to be and what they can do. If they want to do a PvP Battleborn, it should have minimal PvE. If they want to do a PvE Battleborn, well, I’d skip PvP entirely.
Unfortunately balancing both might be a little too difficult for now. And if they really insist on keeping both, they really need to balance them separately. The careful balancing of PvP really limits what they can do for the PvE, both in terms of characters and gear.
The Gear system… Not sure. Depends on above, for PvP it needs looking into especially. The loot grind is a PvE thing and does not fit into a PvP game. PvP games should offer a level playing field. PvP games need competitive potential to truly thrive, in my opinion. As a PvE game though, I think Gearbox should stick to the over the top fun they know how to do, and having a shared loot system for PvE and PvP limits what they can do with gear.
Helices should definitely remain, though I think they should all be unlocked from the start - no unlockable mutations. I don’t particularly see the point in unlocking helices through leveling.
If you were to ask me what I’d like from a BB2, it would be a PvP game, I really want to see what Gearbox could do if they could direct all their attention to the competitive aspect. I’d like to see them learn how to do PvP, it is certainly a journey.
I do think they should expand on the lore of Battleborn, but I’d rather they do it outside of a story mode. They already have a stellar PvE game and I like seeing devs branch out, personally.
Secret confession; I’m also… Not really a fan of the “play these same missions over and over and over” type of PvE. I don’t level all characters to OP8 in Borderlands either, I don’t spend hundreds of hours farming the ideal loadouts. Not my kind of stuff. I replay to an extent, but not the extent required of BB PvE.
Titles and challenges should remain. Scrap the recolor skins, instead allow players to choose their own colors, what parts to color, and so on. More in-depth (platinum) skins too. And while I’d love to have a game with no microtransactions, if BB2 were to be a PvP games, the servers need to run somehow.
On that note, Definitely not Free To Play. A lower starting price, maybe a free try mode, but not completely F2P. And actual cheat prevention! Online only might have prevented the problems Borderland faced but it does jack ■■■■ for PvP.
I’d also be glad to wait a decade for The Ultimate Battleborn Game, if need be. No hurry.
Uhh… Yeah. That’s some of my thoughts. Cough.