Same here. I’m a solo player. Love everything about Borderlands. I’m really excited about the look and feel of Battleborn, but feeling a bit put off by the apparent emphasis on co-op.
The bot idea has me thinking back on Guild Wars and it’s system of Henchmen and Heroes. I got into the MMORPG thing late in life and Guild Wars was my first experience with that kind of thing. Granted, it wasn’t a true open world game, the explorable areas were instanced for each party, but that just added to my preference for solo play. And the Henchmen made it possible to play through the entire content without other players.
The Heroes that came with the release of the Nightfall campaign were even better because you could customize them… give them different builds, weapons, and mod their armor with runes and insignias, just as you could your own character. Way cool stuff.
Perhaps, if nothing else, there could be a core group of bots in Battleborn that allow for solo play. Maybe along the typical lines of the MMORPG “holy trinity” of Tank, Healer, DPS.