Yesterday’s rollout of the first public gameplay footage for Borderlands 3 went about how you’d expect, with all the requisite guns, explosions, and colorful characters that have been standard for the series from the jump. But some confusingly worded comments about the game’s post-launch monetization have required a bit of clarification from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and others in the company.
During yesterday’s streamed presentation, Pitchford announced that “we’re gonna do some kickass campaign DLC, and I’m sure we’re going to do all kinds of fun customizations like heads and skins. But we’re not doing any of that free-to-play junk. There’s not going to be any microtransactions, there’s not going to be any of that nonsense.”
That specific wording led Game Informer to tweet out an article clarifying that the cosmetic items Pitchford mentioned (i.e. “fun customizations like heads and skins”) are indeed being sold via microtransactions (i.e. small payments). That means Pitchford’s statement that “there’s not going to be any microtransactions” isn’t technically accurate.