The Google Stadia is a great service – in theory – but the reality is that its launch has been less than stellar. From poor customer service to overheating devices, not to mention the paltry line-up out of the gate and the restrictions surrounding the library owned, it definitely has a need for some growth. Another area where there seems to be some contention has something to do with Borderlands 3 on Google Stadia – namely that it’s not the same game that can be found everywhere else.
In a new report from IGN, the Stadia version of Borderlands 3 only includes the updates from the time period between September and October 24. So what does that mean? This means that the base game remains the same but since launch, there has been a lot of content drops, all of which are currently missing with no information provided as to whether that will stagger-release or not. Content like Mixxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot and Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite are not included, with no immediate plans for inclusion either.
But it’s not just DLC drops that are missing, but crucial gameplay tweaks and fixes as well regarding gameplay balance, loot drops, and even combat improvements. The storage space increase is also missing as well as the Mayhem 4 difficulty. The only upside is that Moxxie’s Heist and Blacksite are coming eventually, though 2K did not specify when or if that will be happening in the near future.
Is this a dealbreaker for the Stadia or Borderlands 3? No, absolutely not, but it is one facet of the new service that perhaps wasn’t planned out in the best possible way in terms of community fulfillment, especially when the Stadia boasted to be the best of the best during its reveal earlier this year. That being said for those enjoying Stadia, Borderlands 3 on the Google platform is available now – and on sale – for both the standard and the deluxe editions from now until January 7th.