Borderlands 3 Co-op Explained

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Feeling All Alone?

Our friends over at 2K have worked tirelessly to ensure we can enjoy Borderlands 3 not only in solo-mode but with our friends and total strangers as well! BDL 3 offers new options in co-op mode that can be adjusted to make the game friendly and fair or as chaotic as you want for you and your teammates.

This guide will show you how to get started.

Where To Start

Start screen (click here for large image)

Like it always has, Borderlands offers classic couch co-op for when you have a buddy nearby. Your friend can log into their own account and use their custom vault-hunter or start fresh and create a guest account. All you need to do is fire up a controller and hit A or X to join.

No friends in town? No problem. From the pause menu, hit the “social” tab, select your friend, and hit invite. This can also be done from the title screen as well by using the friends tab in the top, right-hand corner.

If you’re at the title screen, you can also switch your session privacy to invite-only, local-only, or open.

What Are The Group Modes?

Two group modes to choose from (click here for large image)

Borderlands 3 offers players two new group modes to choose from when playing. You get to decide if you want you and your friends to have a fair, civil game, or an every-man-for-himself bloodbath. The choice is yours!

Cooperation mode- This mode introduces level-scaling. Players with different levels will receive enemies adjusted to their personal level. Let’s say player one is level 20, and player two is level 35. Player one will see enemies in the level 20 range, while player two will see enemies at the level 35 range.

Loot drops will be different too. Each player will receive their own personal loot leveled to them. This means no more loot-sharing and arguing over who gets the best loot.

Coopetition Mode- This technically isn’t a new mode, it just has a new name. This is classic Borderlands co-op mode. This means that the game will be leveled to the host player. While this puts lower-leveled players at a disadvantage, at least the can rack up the XP.

Loot drops follow the classic borderlands rules as well in this mode. Loot is dropped at the level of the host, and the loot is first come first serve.


Finding a new friend (click here for large image)

Are your friends too busy to play with you? Borderlands 3 has solved that problem as well. Head over your pause menu, hit the social option, and select matchmaking. This will bring you to a screen where you will have to choose from Campaign, Circle of Slaughter, and Proving Grounds.

Once you have made your selection, you will be dropped in that area with a random player to start creating some mayhem.

Did Someone Say, Crossplay?

As of now, Borderlands 3 doesn’t support Crossplay, meaning gamers with different consoles won’t be able to play together. However, Gearbox CEO has made some enticing remarks suggesting it may be in the works.

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