Borderlands 3 writing team, MK11 DLC, Gears 5, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for Thursday August 22nd, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript. Today I’m going to start off with a non-news item, and then we’ll get right into it.

Borderlands 3 is set to be one of the hottest releases of 2019, and apparently its been a major cultural shift at Gearbox as well. They actually greatly expanded in one particular area: the writing team. You see, they usually created their games with a single dedicated writer, including all the Borderlands games and Battleborn. Well they were all very good writers apparently, but this game is so large that it would be too much for a single writer to take on. As such, they’ve added a narrative department to the studio, for the first time since founding the company. This includes four dedicated writers, which I guess has been working well for them, and the various other departments are happy to be able to get access to more of the narrative team. Another reason they finally expanded is that the single assigned writers were getting significantly burned out after each game, which is of course understandable. I liked this story because I thought it gave a bit of insight into how much work goes into the narrative and dialogue of these games.

Mortal Kombat 11 has had some new reveals for their DLC, and some of these are quite entertaining. Now, already added to the game are franchise staples Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and soon to be released Sindel. But we’ve also got Joker, as in Batman Joker. This maybe isn’t too surprising considering the Injustice series is a thing. There’s also Terminator T-800 which is the newest version of Arnold, also not too off the wall considering all the video games he appears in. Finally, there is Spawn, the classic comic book character who has been seen before in Soulcalibur

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 may have a controversial history, and say what you will about it, but DICE has not given up on that game. It is still getting signficant updates two years after its launch, with a roadmap just released for the rest of the year. In September, they’ve got a new large-scale map and two new game modes. Then in December there will be significant tie-ins with the new movie release The Rise of the Skywalker. Apparently the game is in a good place now, so you might consider picking it up, or even take a look at Origin Access for a monthly subscription to a bunch of games including this one.

Gears 5 has reiterated some of its monetization models, and actually seem to be pretty fair about how they are approaching it. Essentially it’s a refined system from Gears 4, no loot boxes, no season pass, but you can purchase currency which can be spent on cosmetics. That same currency can also be earned in game. “We just felt that [loot boxes] weren’t a good fit for Gears and we wanted to be ahead of the curve looking for possible solutions, even before all the controversy.”

Alright that is all of the news for today. I would like to thank you very much for tuning, and I’d also like to thank Wooster for their 5-star review on Amazon, I appreciate that. I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone!

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