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Borderlands 3 Has A Pinging System And More New Cool Multiplayer Features
Borderlands 3 is shaping up to be another good looter-shooter by Gearbox Software. And now they’ve revealed some minor, but welcomed new features for the sequel at Guardiancon.
Like many new multiplayer games, and as demonstrated by Apex Legends recently, Borderlands 3 will have a pinging system. So now you can manually call out and mark anything specific for your squadmates. Previous Borderlands offer contextual pings- your playable Vault Hunter will shout out something when they see a badass enemy or discovered health packs. Now you can ping those directly.
You can ping NPCs too, which has you greet them. This is demonstrated by this video here where Amara greets Claptrap, then proceeds to shoot at him.
Not only that, but now there’s a new way of matchmaking. Instead of waiting on the main menu/lobby, now it can happen while you are playing called asynchronous matchmaking. There is also group-based matchmaking, for those looking to find players with similar progress, or doing similar activities. Raid matchmaking, perhaps?
Oh you can also duel your squadmates like the usual. But it’s not just 1v1, it can go to a 1v1v1v1 free-for-all because why not.
If you just play solo, there are also neat multiplayer features too. If a friend of yours encountered a rare enemy, then you will be getting bounties on the bounty board that you can take and guarantees the spawn of that rare enemy for you.
And if you sell extra weapons to the vending machines, some of those surplus stock will populate your friends’ vending machine stock. Want to give a weapon to a friend but can’t get them to join a session? Just mail it to them. Plus, you can inspect your friends’ current loadout and skills through the friends list.
Lastly, there’s also plenty of accessibility options. Controls can be remapped, Xbox Adaptive Controller support is there, aim assist, button toggles for running and crouching, auto-mantling, plenty of subtitle and close captioning options and also support for colourblind players. The rarity for loot will make a different sound when they drop and also will be spelled out, not just colour-coded.
It’s a lot of neat multiplayer features and good quality of life additions.
Borderlands 3 will be dropping on September 13th for the PS4. PC (Epic Games Store) and Xbox One.