Today, Gearbox finally released details on the second part of the Season 2 DLC of Borderlands 3, the Director’s Cut, which releases March 18th.
My initial thoughts… meh. But you want complete details which follows.
First up is a new Raid Boss that goes by the name of Hemovorous the Invincible. Finally, the mysterious huge door on Pandora opens (by spending 500 Eridium) where you fight the big nasty Varkid and if you defeat her, you get some of the best loot in the game. Sounds like it will take the best players, with the best builds, in a coop group to be able to defeat it.
Next up is Ava’s Murder Mysteries.
Ava is convinced she has a lead on some potentially supernatural slayings and has decided to document her findings in serialized podcast form. Join her and other familiar faces as a gun-toting co-host for a series of new story missions that take place on Pandora, Promethea, Eden-6, and Nekrotafeyo.
The making of Ava’s Mysteriouslier podcast isn’t all running and gunning (though you can expect plenty of gore-soaked firefights along the way). To help solve this string of seemingly paranormal happenings, you’ll sometimes need to stop and take stock of a crime scene and deduce your next steps based on environmental clues. What you find will send ripples throughout the rest of Borderlands 3’s story, but we’ll let you solve those mysteries yourself.
Then comes the new “bonus content” which the name the Director’s Cut comes from.
Director’s Cut also includes a bounty of behind-the-scenes content from the making of Borderlands 3, including a gallery full of concept art, storyboards, lost maps, and footage from throughout the game’s development. It’s a fascinating glimpse into Borderlands 3’s beginnings, bloopers, and cut content that shaped the game.
The Director’s Cut will also include Vault Cards. Think of these as new daily and weekly challenges.
Three new challenge-based progression tracks that will unlock a bevy of themed cosmetics plus some supremely powerful gear that scales to your level, all managed via a new tab in your ECHO Device. The first of the three Vault Cards will launch as part of Director’s Cut, featuring items that honor some of the franchise’s most beloved fallen heroes; the remaining two Vault Cards are scheduled to launch by the end of 2021. Vault Card content can be activated at any time once released, and when multiple Vault Cards are available you’ll have the option to select which one you want activate.
When you have a Vault Card active, you’ll be presented with three daily challenges and one multi-tiered weekly challenge that will grant a sizable chunk of XP when completed. There’s a selection of over 100 unique challenges to pull from, so you never know exactly what each day or week may bring.
And finally, the DLC will include Multiverse Disciples of the Vault cosmetic packs (yawn).
Honestly, I’m not that impressed. The Season 2 Pass just doesn’t compare to the Season 1 Pass which included four big DLC contents.
First off, I live in the boonies of Tennessee with no high speed internet (except for Satellite internet) which means I can’t play online or with anyone else (I also have no cell phone service where I live). So I pretty much won’t be able to play the Raid content. Can’t play it, can’t enjoy it, and can’t get the great loot (and I suck at my gaming ability so don’t expect me to try it single player).
Secondly, I do kind of like the sound of Ava’s Murder Mysteries because it is new missions so I can play those. But I’m really surprised they made Ava the focus point because she’s a character that 90% of the fan base literally hates (and are not quiet about it). I don’t mind her but thought that was curious to include her.
I really don’t care about the ‘bonus content’. Deleted scenes, bloopers (as Beavis and Butt-Head would say “uhhh”), and concept art. Big whoop. I want stuff I can actually, ya know, play!
The Vault Cards are kinda cool in that they are Daily and Weekly Challenges. But again, there’s no real new content there.
So I’m really underwhelmed! Don’t get me wrong. I still love the game and love that they continue to listen to feedback and improve the game.
Also, they announced that Tales From the Borderlands would be re-released to digital stores. But… it’s not a remaster. It’s just the original game. So, uh, okay. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original game. It has a great story and a killer soundtrack but it’s basically a point and click game. But I was expecting a remaster. They did say it’s backwards compatible so you can play it on PS5 but whatever.
Also announced is the return of the Broken Hearts Day event. It will run February 11th through February 25th.
This seasonal event is set to run from February 11 to February 25, with Maurice asking you to break more baddies’ hearts across the galaxy. Rewards this year include recolors of last year’s cosmetic rewards and two Legendary weapons. As always, you can opt out of the event’s effects if you so choose.
It’s fun but nothing game changing.
So there you have it. There’s the full reveal of all of todays… revealing’s (?). I know it sounds like I’m hating on the game but I’m really not. I still love and adore it and the series. I was just underwhelmed with this reveal.
Until next time, Happy Vault Hunting!
Mario Rodriguez, who is a Producer of Live Content for Borderlands 3, just said on Twitter that the free patch that comes along side the new DLC will be a “VERY good patch”. Not sure what that entails but I’ll let you know as soon it’s revealed.