- Borderlands 4 is likely to be released between 2025 and 2026, and could explore multiple plot threads and character options.
- There is speculation that a Borderlands MMO or live-service game could be in the works, potentially changing the franchise. Vault Hunters may have to adapt and be more akin to Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ protagonist.
- Borderlands 4 could either stick to the classic approach of predefined Vault Hunters or offer fully customizable protagonists, each with their own pros and cons.
Borderlands 4 has been a long time coming between all sorts of rumors and leaks and the way Borderlands 3 and games before it ended up massively reshaping and expanding the in-game universe, paving the way for even more stories and characters to see the light of day. It remains unclear whether there will be a fourth Borderlands game since it was never officially announced, but it’s nonetheless likely to arrive at some point between 2025 and 2026. Just like a Borderlands 4 can tackle multiple open-ended plot threads from the series, it is also at a fork in the road with the way its Vault Hunters will be portrayed, player agency, and how possible DLCs factor in.
It’s long been rumored that Borderlands would eventually get some sort of MMO or live-service game based on the infamous “The Watcher’s War” from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequels, and such a game could change everything for the franchise – including Vault Hunters. Similarly, the more recent Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands showed what a Borderlands-adjacent game can do with its main character, and that too is an interesting path for Borderlands 4 to take. Finally, Borderlands 4 could even go the classic route of on-launch protagonists and the possibility of DLC Vault Hunters.
Borderlands Element Tier List
The Borderlands franchise features a variety of unique Elemental damage types that players can wield, with a few that provide must-have utilities.
Why Borderlands 4 Should Use Customizable Vault Hunters
The Pros and Cons of Customizable Borderlands Vault Hunters
The reason why a Borderlands MMO game or one with live-service elements seems unlikely is that this sort of title is caught between a rock and a hard place in modern times, especially with the public generally preferring games that don’t require an indefinite amount of playtime to progress. If such a game is made, though, it would make the most sense to have playable Vault Hunters that are customizable in all of their aspects in order not to conflict with the game’s story, and that’s something Gearbox has proven to be able to achieve.
This is thanks to Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ character creator, which not only allowed players to fully customize their character’s appearance, but also choose a preferred RPG class and then build from there with perks and even multi-class options. This approach does give players lots of freedom, and it could be great to see in a mainline Borderlands game due to how good for replayability it would be to have characters capable of becoming all possible Vault Hunters without starting from scratch. A fully customizable protagonist wouldn’t have to be exclusively for an MMO title, and Borderlands 4 could toy with this concept if Gearbox wanted to.
Why Borderlands 4 Should Stick to Classic Vault Hunters
The Pros and Cons of Borderlands 4 Using Classic and DLC Vault Hunters
On the other hand, Borderlands‘ Vault Hunters do work as they are thanks to a combination of factors. For starters, they are voiced characters with a script, which means their personality, goals, and even Borderlands‘ typical sense of humor are all part of the package from the get-go. These characters can not only be good to try out in a new game, with Borderlands 4‘s Vault Hunters possibly having different roles and playstyles, but they can also help build the in-game universe. A good example comes from past Vault Hunters becoming main cast characters, returning in future titles when needed, and that’s something a custom protagonist may not do.
For this reason, having Vault Hunters in Borderlands games all have defined identities can be beneficial, and it also leads to the possibility of featuring DLC characters. There have been games in the series where characters were introduced in Borderlands DLCs as new Vault Hunters, such as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and that’s something the open-ended approach may struggle with. Essentially, Borderlands 4 may want to determine what sort of game it wants to be with this Vault Hunter-based choice in mind, as these options do collide a bit for better or for worse.
Borderlands 3 is the fourth installment in the Borderlands series. In this looter shooter, players take missions from NPCs and seek out Vaults, similar to the rest of the series.
- September 13, 2019
- Online Multiplayer , Online Co-Op , Local Co-Op
- Unreal Engine 4
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
- How Long To Beat
- 25 Hours
- Platforms That Support Crossplay
- PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- Split Screen Orientation
- Vertical or Horizontal
- Number of Players
- PS Plus Availability
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-4 Players