When it comes to Borderlands, choosing your character sometimes locked you into a very specific playstyle. You might unlock some changes to your main skill very deep into the skill tree but generally, each character had one skill and one skill only, that they used a lot. Borderlands 3 is changing that up.
In Borderlands 3, each Vault Hunter has three action skills, giving players much more choice. This also means a party with a double won’t feel like someone is trying to steal their thunder. For example Amara, the Siren, has an area-of-effect attack called Phaseslam, Phasegrasp that lifts enemies into the air and Phasecast, which lets out an astral projection that hurtles forward, damaging enemies in a line.
The Operative Class, Zane, also brings something new to the table. Zane can give up on grenades and bring two action skills to the battle. Zane’s abilities include a Barrier which makes an energy shield that deflects enemy fire while giving Zane and allies bonuses, the Sentinel, a combat drone that can cause status effects or attack enemies and Digiclone, which creates a confusing doppelganger that you can swap places with.
Another big change coming for Borderlands 3 is loot instancing. If you want to get your own loot for your own level, you can do that. If you prefer the old-style rush of everyone coming to a chest to see if there is something good, or to discuss who needs it most, there is an option for that too. With loot instancing and level balancing, joining a friend will mean you still get useful rewards, regardless of the level difference in the group.
Many weapons will feature an alternate fire mode, allowing for some fun gunplay, like firing off a tracking round and then watching every other bullet fired home in on the tracked bullet. On top of more firing modes, traversing the world will be a lot more fun and exciting as players can climb up ledges and slide around.
Borderlands 3 also sees us leaving Pandora about the Sanctuary III, meaning your city hub will travel with you as you explore the stars, heading to new planets to cause chaos and find loot.
Oh and NPCs on quests with you can revive you, so I guess old forever alone players can take part too.