One thing that I love about Apex Legends is the ping ability. Pinging is a feature revolutionized by EA’s Apex that undoubtedly raised the bar of expectation for future games in the multiplayer genre.
Pinging gives players the ability to notify their teammates of various encounters (enemies, loot, etc.) without a mic. This is especially nice for players who either don’t own a headset or prefer not to communicate directly with others. Fans of the Borderlands series will be pleased to know that Gearbox Software’s upcoming Borderlands 3 will also include a ping feature.
In a recent post on the Borderlands website, the new ping feature “lets you quickly and effectively communicate the positions of enemies, loot chests, guns, and other points of interest by highlighting them both in-world and on the minimap.” If you’re interested in seeing the new ping feature in action, here’s a short clip:
Personally, I am very excited about this feature being added to Borderlands. Since playing Apex, my appreciation for other multiplayer games (especially shooters) has declined due to the lack of a ping feature.
Even when playing with friends who I can communicate with over headset, I still ping. It’s much easier than saying “there’s a guy over there,” or expecting them to find me on the map when I say “there’s a chest right by me.”
Aside from the ping feature, Gearbox has been sure to make the co-op experience more accessible and enjoyable in Borderlands 3. For instance, any items your friends sell will show up in vending machines, becoming available for you to purchase. It’s like an auction house without actually being one.
Another great multiplayer feature that has been added to Borderlands 3 is the opportunity to take up bounties on rare creatures that your friends have encountered. This presents an even greater chance for players to obtain rare loot.
If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that the Borderlands series was meant to be played with friends. Can you still enjoy it alone? Oh, heck yeah. But this addition to the Borderlands franchise is guaranteed to make the multiplayer experience more desirable, even among those who would rather play alone.
As for right now, we wait. Borderlands 3 is set to release on September 13, 2019 and it couldn’t come any sooner. Until then, both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are currently available on Xbox Game Pass. Why not get your fix?
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