Borderlands 3 has raised quite a bit of excitement in the gaming community since first being announced in March of this year. However, this enthusiasm may have been dampened a little bit following Gearbox Software’s initial gameplay reveal conference for the title on Wednesday evening revealed that the game would include microtransactions.
During the conference, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed that Borderlands 3 will offer cosmetic microtransactions. Pitchford’s initial statement created some type of confusion as he initially stated that the game would not contain microtransactions at all, which later proved to be false. The game’s creative director Paul Sage later confirmed that although players will be able to buy cosmetic loot for their characters, there will be no pay-to-win or loot box options.
Sage went on to elaborate on the statement saying that the microtransactions would offer players access to skins and “auxiliary equipment.” In a statement to PC Gamer, a spokesperson for 2K suggested that some of this equipment may include loot and XP boosts and that due to the nature of the game (it not being a multiplayer game), the publisher would not allow it to destroy the overall experience.
The response to the inclusion of microtransactions within Borderlands 3 has been somewhat mixed, with some suggesting that Pitchford lied about the game and a few others not being to fazed about it only concerning cosmetic items. One thing is for sure though and that is that Pitchford was not entirely happy with how his words were presented in the media, with the CEO suggesting that some media outlets were misleading people.
How exactly Borderlands 3’s microtransactions will affect overall gameplay remains to be seen. At this very moment, many fans still seem very excited about the opportunity to explore Pandora once more.
Borderlands 3 is due to be released on 13 September for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.