Borderlands trade system may change if people want it to

Gearbox Studios isn’t opposed to changing the way people exchange loot in the fascinating RPS, Borderlands. The catch is that the crew behind the game will move in whatever direction the community wants to in the future — not now.

“We were pretty careful there,” Gearbox’s Mikey Neumann told Shacknews in a recent interview when asked if trade in the game would be expanded. “We wanted free-for-all looting for now. Then we’ll look at what the community really latches on to or wants, and we’ll move in that direction.”

Neumann hasn’t encountered a problem with loot-whoring like some complaining about the free-for-all, simply-drop system have been. If there’s a dispute, Neumann says he settles it via duels with a hearty helping of the honor system afterward.

“A lot of times if we wanted something, we’d [friends, co-workers, and randoms] duel for it, That seems to be the best way,” he said. “It’s kinda the honor system. It is fun to fight your friends and show who’s the big dog to get certain loot drops”

If the community does prove to want a new system, Neumann said that new rules (or whatever) would be patched across all platforms. He then admitted that there are some technical hurdles involved, but Gearbox would do it’s best to “try to make it all better.”

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