Gearbox Software's art director, Scott Kester, has announced that Borderlands 3 co-op players won't have to fight over loot after every gunfight, unlike in Borderlands 2.
In Borderlands 2, players had to fight over the spoils of war, so when a good gun dropped “finders keepers” was the rule. But in Borderlands 3, players will see separate loot streams. But that’s not the only change coming to co-op.
The game will also be a lot more flexible about who you can play with. For example, if you're a much lower level than your buddy/buddies you can still make a significant impact in battle. Kester said the following in a PlayStation blog post:
“You’ll be capable of tackling the Calypso Twins and their fanatical followers alone, but when you team up with other Vault Hunters, you’ll really feel unstoppable. With that in mind, one of the things that I’m most excited about in Borderlands 3 are the improvements that we’ve made to co-op. Regardless of your respective levels or mission progress, you and your friends can play together online or on the couch, and not only will each of you deal a meaningful amount of damage, you’ll also receive your own discrete loot stream. No more loot ninjas! Of course, if you prefer to play with classic Borderlands 2 co-op rules—where loot is shared—you can choose to do so.”
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