Today Gearbox revealed new details about Borderlands 3, including the hotly contested Epic Store exclusivity on PC. But they also hinted at what's to come after the game releases.
Post-launch DLC is par for the course with big AAA games like Borderlands, and the third chapter will be no different. Gearbox's new chaotic shoot-and-loot FPS Borderlands 3 will have four different expansions that release seasonally over the course of a year. The DLC packs are wrapped in a $29.99 season pass and will include new story missions and campaign content among some extras like weapon skins, trinkets, and mods (which may hint at microtransactions).
"Continue your Borderlands 3 adventure with the Season Pass, featuring exclusive cosmetic items and four story campaign add-ons with new missions and challenges!" reads the listing.
THE SEASON PASS INCLUDES:
• 4 campaign DLC packs featuring new stories, missions and challenges
• Butt Stallion weapon skin
• Butt Stallion weapon trinket
• Butt Stallion grenade mod
What's particularly interesting is the part about weapon skins. This could indicate Borderlands 3 could be monetized with cosmetic microtransactions alongside its season pass model...but I'm hoping I'm wrong here.
2K Games nor Take-Two Interactive are strangers to monetizing their games with optional online purchases like these, but Borderlands has typically relied on strong sales to make revenues.
But remember Borderlands 3 is a live service game with a critical online multiplayer component, which means its a great avenue for microtransactions. The only reason publishers make games like these is to make money by monetizing engagement over time. We outlined some Borderlands 3 monetization predictions a while back. Again, I hope I'm wrong here.
And Take-Two Interactive pretty much wants to infuse live services into all of its games. So don't be too surprised if we see a digital storefront that lets you peddle premium currency to deck out your vault hunter.
Borderlands 3 will release on September 13, 2019 (a congested month for 2K Games) on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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