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Borderlands 3: Why Gearbox Shouldn’t Add PvP

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Will Borderlands 3 have a full-fledged PvP mode when it finally comes out? That’s the question on the minds of many of the game’s die-hard fans. The franchise has dabbled in competitive multiplayer in the past in the form of 1v1 duel arenas, but a full-fledged mode has yet to be introduced. Should Borderlands 3 take the leap? Here are some reasons why we think it shouldn’t.

Borderlands 3 Doesn’t Need PvP

The biggest issue that could arise from adding PvP is the inevitable balancing issues it would cause. Nearly every aspect of Borderlands, from its playable classes down to its weapons, was designed with PvE in mind. Some of the game’s crazier weapon abilities and perks (Norfleet anyone?) would definitely have to be turned down if they were to be used in competitive play. Same goes for the different vault hunter classes. Neutering Borderlands’ iconic aspects so they can be shoehorned into PvP seems like a bad idea if you ask us.

The elephant in the room of this discussion is obviously Destiny. Bungie sci-fi shooter proved that it was possible to make PvP work in a loot-based FPS. But why should Borderlands feel the need to follow suit?

In our opinion, Borderlands 3 should double down on its predecessors’ strengths. That means even better random loot, more challenging raid bosses, and easier ways to link up with your friends and shoot some bad guys.

Why not create a social hub where Vault Hunters can meet and party up? What about procedurally generated content ala The Division’s Underground DLC? And of course, there’s the big one: a true, persistent open world for you to get lost in.

There are so many things Borderlands 3 could do that don’t involve PvP. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.

Also Read: Should Borderlands 3 Go Rougelike?

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