Gearbox unveiled a plethora of Borderlands 3-gameplay on May 1, and overall the fans' reception was quite positive. However, throughout the presentation, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford denied the presence of microtransactions in the game.
As it turns out, Borderlands 3 actually has microtransactions, even though they are only for cosmetic items. First, Randy Pitchford suggested Game Informer for having referred to it in one of their articles.
Yesterday, the Gearbox chief argued in a series of tweets that the context of his commentary allegedly "relieved" any allegation during the livestream that he purposely informed wrong customers.
Did you watch it? I literally explained what we * literally * did before I mentioned microtransactions related to F2P tactics that we DO NOT do. GameInformer dropped the context and related words that made you think I was lying. I do not have that.
There are tons of free cosmetics that are part of the game. I talked about that at the moment. When I mentioned microtransactions, it was clearly related to F2P tactics. Later, Sage talked about future DLC type cosmetic products ala Borderlands 2. That's probably not safe.
Also the context is important. The words I said just before the word "microtransactions", combined with the context of previous recordings of Borderlands games, combined with the practices observed in the competitor title industry, should be relieving on the whole.
Please note the context of the ten sentences preceding the sentence to which you refer, as well as the history of the Borderlands franchise on this point. The sum of this relationship completely relieves any claims of intentional misinformation.
Please excuse the confusion. In the same breath, I said, "If you have already played in Borderlands, you will feel at home." This should signal a commitment to adherence to established traditions. You can count on it – it's as solid as the earth.
As always, we have to wait for the release of the game itself to see the penetration of these microtransactions. It will not be long, because the game will start on September 13th on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.