Accessibility Options, Duel MP Mode Detailed for Borderlands 3

Gearbox wants you to have all the options when playing Borderlands 3 this fall, which can only be a good thing.

There’s little doubt that Borderlands 3 is shaping up to be the best game in the popular FPS franchise, giving Borderlands 2 a decent run for its money. From the looks of it, the game is also shaping up to be the most accessible. 

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As reported by IGN, Borderlands 3 will have a plethora of accessibility options when the game launches later this year. Chief among them is a ping system similar to the one found in Apex Legends

Players will be able to highlight enemies and items in the environment as well as give a select number of orders to teammates. Just as the system in Apex Legends, the system here reportedly works whether other players have voice chat or not, which makes logical sense considering the application. 

The video above shows the system in action. 

Gearbox also revealed at Guardian Con last week that other accessibility options will appear in Borderlands 3, including those for adjusting text size and opacity, and for using subtitles and closed captioning. The game’s controls will be completely re-mappable, too, fully supporting the Xbox Adaptive Controller and alternate gamepad configurations. 

Rounding things out, it was revealed that a new multiplayer mode will come to Borderlands 3: Free-for-All Dueling. This will let up to four players duke it out for whatever rewards they choose, be it a legendary weapon or good old fashioned superiority. 

While the game will have a shared loot feature, meaning players won’t miss out on loot dropped in the heat of battle, the new multiplayer mode is a bit of fanservice for legacy players. Now PvP battles will be a bit more voluntary than they previously were. 

These recently revealed tidbits run in line with what we already know about the game, specifically that Gearbox wants to give players control of their Borderlands 3 experience. 

Earlier this year, the developer revealed Echocast, a way for Borderlands 3 players and fans to interact with Twitch streamers by directly impacting their gameplay. Viewers can earn in-game loot by tuning in, and there is currently no information on how this system might evolve over the game’s lifespan. 

During E3, Gearbox also confirmed that the shooter would have microtransactions. However, they will not be pay to win. Despite some early confusion to the contrary, Gearbox affirmed that micros will only be used for cosmetic items

Borderlands 3 is set to release on September 13 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are currently open, and those interested can see what’s in each version here


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