During yesterday's Borderlands 3 livestream extravaganza, it was revealed that, while the game won't have microtransactions in the "traditional sense", there will be DLC for sale as the game matures. "We've made a commitment to what Borderlands is and supposed to be," said Randy Pitchford. "Our fans have told us loud and clear that they cherish and want us to preserve in Borderlands 3. There's no microtransaction-y, free-to-play kind of stuff."
Pitchford reiterated, "We're going to do some kickass campaign DLC and I'm sure we're going to do all kinds of fun customizations like heads and skins, but we're not doing any of that free-to-play junk. There's not going to be any microtransactions, there's not going to be any of that kind of nonsense."
The team confirmed that DLC will include skins, heads and auxiliary equipment but there is a commitment to keep those items away from pay-to-win mechanics. This will not be "games as a service," at least according to Creative Director Paul Sage.
While it's fair to say that there won't be lootboxes and individual microtransactions, the DLC could end up being pretty expensive nonetheless. Keep in mind that Borderlands 2 had nearly 50 DLC when all was said and done. This included the season pass, new characters, quests, equipment, skins, boosts, etc.
You can check out the full stream event below and be sure to check out our hands on preview of Borderlands 3.