Borderlands 3 New Social Features Cater To Both Solo & Co-op Play

TJ Denzer,

June 18, 2019 4:51 PM

At E3 2019, Borderlands 3 shared a number of new social features that will allow players to be part of the community whether they're playing multiplayer or not.

Borderlands 3 is shaping up to be one of the most anti-troll and community-catering co-op games we've seen in a while. During E3 2019, we got a look at some social features catering to players who want to be a part of the Borderlands 3 ecosystem without constantly having to dive into multiplayer. Kicking off a Borderlands presentation at E3, Narrative Producer Randy Varnell took us deep inside these social features.

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Two of the most important social features shown to us at E3 had to do with a mailing system and the vending machines. Jumping into the vending machines first, there’s now a network attached to these machines which pays attention to the guns and gear your friends list has been trading. Now, when you go to shop for your own weaponry, you can not only go through what the vending machines have by default, but also what your fellow players have sold to the machine.

Alongside the regular items, some vending machines in Borderlands 3 will have another tab featuring the weapons your fellow Vault Hunters have sold.
Alongside the regular items, some vending machines in Borderlands 3 will have another tab featuring the weapons your fellow Vault Hunters have sold.

One’s trash is another’s treasure right? If a fellow player is ahead of you and just gave up a decent gun that no longer suits them, you can feel free to buy it off the vending machines in your game and use it to your heart’s content. It sounds like I could literally text my buddy, let them know I just dropped a decent assault rifle, and they can go into their game and pick it up if they want.

That’s not all though. Suppose you want to give your friends something cool, but don’t want them to have to spend a dime of their own hard-earned cash. Maybe it’s a gift. Maybe it’s a peace offering. We don’t know, nor do we judge, but Borderlands 3 will have a system for that too: The mailing system. With this, you can take an item and send it directly to any player on your friend list. If you picked up a cool piece of gear, but it’s no good for you, you can send it off to one of your fellow players who might have a use for it and they can pick it up in their game, free of charge.

A Shared Hunt Is A Shared Bounty

It is unknown whether the likes of story bosses like Mouthpiece will spawn dynamic missions, but some bosses and rare encounters definitely will spawn dynamic missions for your friends so they don't miss out.
It is unknown whether the likes of story bosses like Mouthpiece will spawn dynamic missions, but some bosses and rare encounters definitely will spawn dynamic missions for your friends so they don't miss out.

One of the other cool features of Borderlands 3 is a bounty system that happens automatically based on the encounters of your friends. If they discover a rare enemy or encounter in their game, it has a chance of spawning a dynamic mission in your game where you can hunt down that same encounter for some high-tier goodies. Essentially, it would appear that most rare spawns or enemy bosses have a chance of spawning these missions for your pals.

There have most definitely been a time or two when we were fiddling around in Borderlands games and happened to spawn a rare creature on our own with no one else to join in the reward. This allows our friends to not have to miss on the same experience by sheer chance. It will also help keep the gear and gun flow going strong between those people on your friends list. It’s worth noting that you can also join up with people to take on your own dynamic encounter missions so no one misses out on the bounty.

Even the character on display at E3 stressed community. Not only can Moze call down a mech, but with a certain ability, allies can ride and use a mounted turret on it.
Even the character on display at E3 stressed community. Not only can Moze call down a mech, but with a certain ability, allies can ride and use a mounted turret on it.

Past announcements already made us aware of new level systems and loot instancing that limits gear thievery in Borderlands 3 and makes sure everyone has a chance at goodies that will appeal to them. The new social systems continue to push the sense that Borderlands 3 will cater more deeply to community play and limit frustrating instances of gear theft and overleveling better than any previous game in the series. Varnell pointed out that as fun as co-op is, Borderlands 3 should be more fun whether you’re alone or with friends.

“Borderlands is an amazing co-op experience,” Varnell said. “Four-player co-op, split-screen co-op, however you want to play it. But we know a lot of you like to take a break every now and then and play just single player, but you still want to feel that co-op experience.”

Each of these new multiplayer and social features seem committed to delivering just that, and if Borderlands 3 continues to deliver in the way it promises, it seems we can look forward to a really good multiplayer or solo experience, helping and being helped by our friends no matter which way we go when the game launches on September 13, 2019.



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