Borderlands 3 will drop loot for each co-op player so you don’t even have to share your toys with the others

Gearbox has confirmed that the sequel will preclude the BUT-MOM-I-GOT-DIBS squabbles of previous games with separate loot drops in co-op, so everybody gets their own things and nobody has to go into time-out to think about their behaviour.

The innovation is one of several new co-op features in the game, which also include level syncing when joining games hosted by players whose level is above or below other player levels.

“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!” explains Borderlands 3 art director Scott Kester on the PlayStation Blog.

“Of course, if you prefer to play with classic Borderlands 2 co-op rules—where loot is shared—you can choose to do so.”

Instanced loot drops are more or less standard now, but I’d forgotten that this wasn’t always how it works. I was playing Borderlands: Game of the Year with Gareth over the weekend, and the BUT-MOM-I-GOT-DIBS was real.

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