The all-important Borderlands 3 campaign to save Pandora from annihilation (once again) will be a pretty long but fun-filled adventure.
According to creative director Paul Sage, the main story campaign will take roughly 30 hours to beat. However, this number only applies to those who take a “beeline” approach and rush through the content for the ending credits.
“If you beeline it through, and I mean beelining it through, it might take you 30 hours to complete the main story,” said Sage.
Borderlands 2 took an average of 30 hours as well but its story campaign could be done in under 20 hours by taking the aforementioned beeline approach. This means that Borderlands 3 will have a lengthier campaign in comparison and could possibly take an average of 40 hours to complete unless you’re interested in rushing it. Then come the side and extra missions, interacting with characters, exploring, spending time in the inventory, and working to unlock achievements. Borderlands 2 took over 50 hours on average to complete in entirety. Borderlands 3 will be similar if not more in that regard.
It’s important to note another comparison. The season pass of Borderlands 2 was filled with enough content to make you sick. It was worthy every penny. Borderlands 3 also has a season pass which is yet to be detailed. There’s no reason why post-launch support for the upcoming sequel will be similar to the last installment as well. Hence, overall, you can expect the game to provide at least a hundred hours of pure joy.
During the hour-long gameplay reveal earlier this week, Gearbox Software confirmed that Borderlands 3 will have microtransactions but for only cosmetics. You’ll be able to purchase skins for characters, weapons, and vehicles; possibly emotes, loot and experience boosts, and such.