Loot shooters have been released as online multiplayer experiences where gun-toting players adventure in different settings for loot and fun experiences. “Destiny 2,” “The Division 2” and “Anthem” all offer this gameplay and somehow saturated the market. However, Gearbox Software’s “Borderlands 3” has a strong chance in still hitting it big in this industry. Below are the reasons why.

Fans Want It

Before "Borderlands 3," many fans were looking forward for the release of a new “Borderlands” game prior "Battleborn." In 2014, many fans expected to see the next “Borderlands” installment after the franchise’s massive success with its second entry and its other related releases. However, fans received the “Battleborn” announcement instead.

While Gearbox Software’s shot at making a competitive eSports title did fairly well, it didn’t rake in the massive player numbers like the other titles, such as Blizzard Entertainment’s “Overwatch.” Eventually, Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford teased that they were working on the game that many fans have been asking for. Based on this alone, it’s obvious that there is strong demand for "Borderlands 3" to happen.

Fantastic Support

Back in 2012, "Borderlands 2" won Game of the Year at X-Play Awards. While the award-giving body has already been dissolved, Gearbox celebrated this victory with fans through the “$100,000 Loot Hunt” event. In the game, some specific bosses would have an improved rate to drop the best rarity guns. Moreover, actual prizes such as cash prizes, PlayStation Vitas and even a lifetime Steam key for all 2K games — past and future releases — were awarded. 

If “Borderlands 3” were to snag another Game of the Year award this 2019 or in 2020 because of its late 2019 release, we might see another big in-game event like this again.

Long-Lasting Loot For Players

Up until now, “Borderlands 2” and “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel” players are still receiving free “Shift keys” which are used to open up chests in the main hub. The chests provide equipment that directly fit the player’s level and allow the player to scale better with their quests. The online codes for this game are still being dispensed on the official Borderlands Twitter. Fans only have to hope to get this system running in “Borderlands 3” as well.

Overall, Gearbox Software has done a lot of things right when it comes to the “Borderlands” series. The game's best equipment are free loot pickups with a moderate grind needed to obtain them. Gearbox Software stances itself strongly if it passes its successful handling of prior titles with “Borderlands 3.” The upcoming title is expected to be released this coming September.

Borderlands 3 Zane Flynt Screenshot Borderlands 3 Zane Flynt Screenshot from the official Borderlands site Photo: Gearbox Software/Borderlands 3